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Protect your home from burglars

by Alison Cornmell

Sadly residential burglaries occur across the UK. However, there are simple steps you can take to keep yourself and your property safe.

Merseyside Police’s Community Policing Inspector Peter Rexwinkel said:

“Local officers are continuing to patrol the borough day and night in uniform and plain clothes and are using a number of tactics to prevent burglaries and to catch those involved. However, there are things residents can do to ensure the safety of their homes and property.”

Residents are advised to:

  • Lock all doors and windows, even when at home
  • Keep valuables out of sight of anyone passing by
  • Remove keys from doors once they are locked
  • Don’t leave your car keys on display (on window ledges/worktops) and don’t leave them by doors or windows where they could be grabbed with a hook or cane
  • Secure your shed and garage properly
  • Don’t leave tools lying around these could be used to help an offender gain entry to your home
  • Don’t leave any empty boxes advertising new electrical equipment you may have bought outside your house. Try to dispose of the packaging carefully by taking it to a recycling centre or keep it out of sight until the day your rubbish is collected
  • Knowsley Police also recommend investing in a safe for valuable possessions, and keep it in a secure and hidden place and not to share the code or key with anyone.
  • Keep valuable out of sight and screen your windows using blinds.
  • For extra tips on securing your property please visit the Merseyside Police website here https://www.merseyside.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/

Always call 999 if a burglary is in progress and you can also report any information on suspected burglary and sale of stolen goods via @MerPolCC or anonymously to @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111. Residents are also asked to report any suspicious people, vehicles or behaviour.