Cam­paign to tackle win­ter break-ins

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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

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