Attempt Vehicle Theft UPTON

Alert message sent 24/05/2017 14:29:00

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Yesterday 23rd of May 2017 between 1230hrs and 1300hrs a car was attempted to be stolen on Mill Lane Upton.  The occupant was in the front garden when an offender entered the rear garden and accessed the house via an unlocked back door and stole the keys to the car.  The offender then attempted to drive of in the vehicle before being stopped and ran away.
 
Please make sure that if you are in the rear of the front garden your doors are locked and car keys are not on show.
 
Crime reduction advice

Ensure that windows and doors are closed and locked when you are out. Don’t leave small windows open believing them to be safe.

If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors so they cannot be fully opened, or make sure they are not large enough to allow access to a burglar.

When out in your garden ensure that windows and doors to the front of the house are secure. It only takes a second for someone to get into your home and take things without you noticing.

Do not leave valuables on display in front of windows or in reach of open windows or doors.

Ensure that all barbecue and garden equipment and tools are securely locked up in a shed and out of sight. Tools can be used by the potential offender to break in to your home.

Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible alarm to help deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in garden beds can help.

Don’t leave any keys near entry points where they can be ‘fished’ or ‘hooked’ out through the window, letter box or cat flap.

Ensure any internal handle operated locks on UPVC doors are fully secured with a key.


Sheds


Offenders see sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures. The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner’s home.
Many sheds whilst being of good construction fall short on basic security.

It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with.

By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, the shed owner will make it harder for the would-be thief.

It is also a good idea to bond any window glass in, with mastic to prevent easy removal.
Ensure all tools and equipment is locked away when not in use.

High-quality locks should be used on doors. Windows can be fitted with a grille or, as a cheaper alternative, chicken wire, to slow a thief down.

A shed alarm can also be installed.

Post-coding or indelibly marking all property such as lawnmowers, bikes, and tools using ultra-violet pens, forensic marking such as Selecta DNA or Smartwater or engravers.

Installing security lighting is a deterrent, planting thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points.


Going on holiday


Make your home look occupied.

If you're out or going away, ask a trusted neighbour to open and close your curtains for you.

Cut the front and back lawns before you go away and trim any plants that burglars could hide behind.

Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries.

Before your holiday, don’t advertise that you are going away on Facebook, Twitter etc.

Double-check that you've locked all outside windows and doors.

Set your burglar alarm.
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Jenna Tapley (Police, PCSO, Chester LPU North PCSO)

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