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Thames Valley Police reinforce crime prevention message

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Thames Valley Police is reminding residents in Maidenhead to take simple steps to avoid being a victim of house crime this summer.

In the opening week of June alone, burglary dwellings have more than doubled when compared to the whole month of May. 13 instances are currently being investigated by police and have prompted calls for renewed awareness to home security.

Most burglars are opportunistic and a property that presents itself as insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured. As the weather improves, make sure that you don’t leave ground floor windows or doors open unless you are in that room.

Please consider the following crime prevention advice:

  • Secure all doors and windows when leaving the room.
  • Don’t leave valuables in clear sight from outside your home.
  • Any keys (vehicle or home) should be out of sight and some distance from a window or door.
  • Ensure that any side entrance is secure, locked and not easy to climb over, even when you’re at home.
  • Stop and check your properties security, when leaving everyday including setting a timed light if returning after dark.

Police are also encouraging the use of the online property database Immobilise. It’s free to register items including your high end valuables, such as bikes, mobile phones and personal computers. It only takes a couple of minutes at www.immobilise.com (opens new window)

Crime Co-ordinator Nick Mainprice from Maidenhead Local CID said: “Spikes in the numbers of offences like we have seen this month, serve as a timely reminder that home security is a year round concern.

“Somebody minded to commit a burglary doesn’t need more than an unattended open window by way of invitation. Simple steps by home owners, stops them becoming a victim.

“As always, we would ask that, if you see anyone acting suspiciously please contact the police by calling 101. In an emergency dial 999.”

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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