Advice to help prevent burglaries

Thames Valley Police has issued burglary crime prevention advice to help residents to protect their homes against burglary.

Some tips include never leaving valuables on display or posting about your expensive items on social media.

For gold jewellery items, these should be secured in a hidden safe, and properly insured and photographed. This will help prove ownership if it’s ever recovered following a theft.

You can mark valuables using a UV pen and register them on the national property register on the Immobilise website.

If you are going away, tips include: 

  • checking you have locked your windows and doors before leaving
  • never advertising on social media that you are away
  • asking a trusted person to look after your home, for example, by putting out and collecting your bin
  • lighting up your living room using a timer switch or a TV simulator, which gives the appearance of a TV screen being used.

Detective Chief Superintendent, Richard List, said: “Our officers are working hard, along with our partner agencies, to reduce the impact of burglary within our local communities.

“By taking a proactive approach to home security, residents can reduce the risk of becoming a victim, while helping to protect others and building local resilience against burglary.”

More burglary crime prevention advice can be found on the Thames Valley Police website.

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