Police warn people to consider home security on eve of clocks going back
7:13pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
GLOUCESTERSHIRE Police are appealing to residents across the county to consider their home security as the clocks go back this weekend.
Extra patrols will be in place to protect homes in areas which have been targeted in burglaries already this year but officers want homeowners to use the occasion as an opportunity to review what they can do to help prevent their property being broken into.
Sergeant Jon Testar said: "Look at your house from the street at 5pm as it gets dark on Saturday.
"Next week it will be as dark at 4pm when you may be at work or returning from work, school or college. Consider what you can do to make it appear occupied at such times.
"Consider the intelligent use of lighting both inside and outside your house as the evenings get darker and during night hours. Timer switches are very good and can be used throughout the house if you are not at home. Consider cutting back shrubs away from windows and doors to reduce the opportunity for any burglar to conceal themselves.
"Remember to lock away garden tools - if possible inside the house or in a locked garage. Keep garden gates locked and wheelie bins away from side gates and access to the rear of your house. Look at the front of your house. Do stray wheelie bins and recycling bins give the appearance that your home is unoccupied ? Help your working neighbours by recovering their wheelie bins and recycling bins on 'bin day' after they have been emptied.
"Ensure your door and window locks are working well and that keys are not left in the lock. Consider recording all serial numbers and IMEI numbers particularly of electrical items and mark your property with 'smartwater' or UV pens. Kits and UV pens are available from good stores and Gloucester police station reception at a cost. Don't leave valuables on display including phones and laptop computers.
"Review the security of your shed and garage. Ideally bikes should be locked together using a strong chain or cable using 'D' type locks and preferably to a ground anchor or other immovable object. Like houses garages can also be alarmed. Consider parking your car up against the garage door whenever you are at home to prevent it being opened. With your car always ensure that it is locked when not in use and that valuables are removed completely and never left on display."