Campaign to tackle winter break-ins
chance to meet ‘Police Santa’ and take part in a spoof arrest of a pretend burglar.
Chesham neighbourhood sergeant James Ellis, who organised the event, said: “We’ve been doing a lot of winter burglary crime prevention work and wanted to do something new to interest and engage people.
We wanted the children to have fun, but there was a poignant message for the adults asking them to think about who they were inviting into their homes this winter.
“Whilst the police and our partners have helped reduce burglary, as with crime generally, we can’t eradicate it completely: we’d simply ask that home owners don’t let complacency creep in.
“This is a magical time of year – it would be awful for someone to invade your home.”
The campaign is running across Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire LPA throughout the winter months, and you can find burglary prevention advice on the police website.
The following advice may also be useful:
Don’t leave your home in darkness advertising the fact there is no one at home. Invest in a timer light switch and vary the time it comes on each day to make it look more natural. It can also be used with a radio or TV to give the impression that someone’s home;
Get a fake/simulated TV device which lights up a room like a real TV;
Keep valuables out of sight and mark them with your house number and postcode using a UV pen. Register your valuables via www.immobilise.com and keep an inventory list. It’s free and takes just a few minutes;
If you have jewellery at home, photograph it for insurance purposes and consider storing it in a suitable safe;
Lock your doors and windows, if you have a UPVC door make sure you have double locked it by lifting the handle and locking it with the key. Make sure the key is removed from the lock and out of reach;
If you’re going away over the festive period, remember not to post details of your holiday on social networking websites, cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries and if you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set before you leave;
Look out for your neighbours’ houses, especially when they’re not at home and call 999 immediately if you see anything suspicious.
If you want to report something which does not require an immediate response call Thames Valley Police’s non-emergency number 101.
You can find details of your local Neighbourhood Watch Group by contacting 01494 586 535.
Santa is part of a police campaign to prevent winter burglary