Sum­mer­time ad­vice on how to protect from bur­glar­ies

Bray People - - NEWS -

GAR­DAI in Co Wick­low are ad­vis­ing householders to re­main ex­tra vig­i­lant over the sum­mer pe­riod and to take ex­tra pre­cau­tions to protect their prop­erty fol­low­ing a num­ber of re­cent break-ins.

In home break-ins, cash and jew­ellery are the most fre­quently stolen items while bi­cy­cles, power tools, ride-on lawn mow­ers and trail­ers are the most com­mon items stolen from sheds.

At this time of year, thieves can be on the look­out for va­cant prop­er­ties with own­ers away on their sum­mer holidays.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Ho­gan has of­fered a num­ber of crime preven­tion tips to help peo­ple im­prove se­cu­rity around their home and out­build­ings.

‘With peo­ple away on holidays some houses can be more vul­ner­a­ble than usual – have a neigh­bour keep an eye out for sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity and re­port any to gar­daí,’ said Su­per­in­ten­dent Ho­gan. ‘All householders are asked to re­view their own se­cu­rity mea­sures to make it is dif­fi­cult as pos­si­ble for bur­glars to break into your prop­erty.’

The likes of lad­ders and tools should be safely stored away rather than be­ing left in the gar­den. Mean­while, qual­ity locks should be used on gar­den sheds and valu­able prop­erty such as tools and bikes should be chained up in­side. It’s also ad­vis­able for peo­ple to mark their prop­erty and pho­to­graph any valu­able pos­ses­sions.

Mean­while, tidy­ing up gar­dens and shrub­bery both im­proves vis­i­bil­ity and cre­ates the il­lu­sion of an oc­cu­pied home. Householders are also asked to con­sider plant­ing thorny plants around their prop­erty for ex­tra se­cu­rity.

‘A bar­rier of prickly hedge along your bound­ary or un­der­neath a win­dow will help de­ter thieves,’ said Su­per­in­ten­dent Ho­gan. ‘Hedges and shrubs in the front gar­den should be kept to a height of no more than three feet in order to avoid giv­ing a bur­glar a screen be­hind which they can hide.’

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