residential burglaries - prevention

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Dear residents,

We are raising awareness of residential burglaries and crime prevention tips to deter. Burglars will use a variety of ways to avoid being noticed. They don’t want to be seen or heard by a neighbour or passer-by because they will feel exposed and identifiable. Distraction burglars will pretend to be someone they are not, so it’s important you are aware of the common methods they will use to get you to let them into your property.

Keep burglars out by giving them no hiding place:
  • Alarms
  • CCTV
  •  NSI - Certification for security and fire protection companies SSAIB | Certification for Security Service Providers (ctrl click to follow / copy and paste terminology into ‘web browser’.
  • Lighting: external and internal
  • Maintain communication with neighbours when / if appropriate and comfortable to do so
  • Lower fences at the front around one-metre high are preferable to high fences as they allow for a clear view over the top and don’t provide cover for anyone wishing to hide.
  • At the rear and sides, taller fencing is recommended to prevent easy access.
  • Trellis, thorny plants, or a suitable anti-climb topping such as plastic spikes make it difficult for anyone climbing over a fence or gate.
  • Planting prickly or barbed shrubbery along boundaries and fence lines acts as an effective natural barrier.
  • Gravel driveways and paths will make sure you hear anyone approach.

Prevent a distraction burglary:
  • Use your door viewer to see who’s there
  • If you open the door put the chain on first
  • Always ask for ID and check it with the company before letting somebody into your home.
  • Use the phone number advertised in the phone book or online, as the number on their identity card could be fake. For a utility company, call the customer service department. Close the door while you do this.
  • Remember that genuine callers won’t mind checks. If you feel at all unsure, schedule a time for the caller to come back when a friend or relative is there for pre-planned appointments with utility companies, a password scheme can be set up.
If you feel threatened or in danger by the presence of the caller, call 999.
Please share this! Thank you, stay safe,
Sophie Jebb Bowman: PCSO 22915 Wistaston and Willaston
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Sophie Jebb Bowman (Cheshire Police, Crewe LPU, Wistaston PCSO)

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