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   Burglaries across Bracknell borough - appeal for witnesses    12 October, 2017

Thames Valley Police is urging residents to ensure their homes are secure and be vigilant following a recent spate of burglaries across the North Ascot and Bracknell areas.

The past few weeks has seen a spate of linked burglaries across the borough with offenders breaking into homes in Binfield village; Priestwood, Garth, North Ascot, Chavey Down, Bullbrook; and the Whitegrove area of Warfield.

The offenders appear to strike during the early evening, targeting homes that have been left in darkness and have looked unoccupied. Once inside the offenders have then made an untidy search throughout the homes stealing smaller items such as jewellery, cash, bank cards, smart phones and computer tablets, that would easily fit in a small bag or even a pocket.

Bracknell Neighbourhood Inspector, Dave Bryan is urging residents to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious they see in their neighbourhoods: “If anyone may have witnessed any of the burglaries or seen anyone acting suspicious in the area at the time, call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101. If you don’t want to speak directly to police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court”.

Burglaries often increase during the winter months, when burglars take advantage of the dark evenings.

A bright idea to reduce the risk of your home been targeted is to make use of a light or two to create the impression someone is in. If you don’t get home until after dark or if you’re going away for a number of days use timer sockets (available from all DIY stores) to turn lamps on and off in your lounge and other rooms you live in. And even if you only pop out for an hour or so during an evening simply leave a light or two on indoors. Also bear in mind that as it gets dark enough for to you need to turn the lights on indoors it is time to close the curtains. Otherwise whilst you can’t see whose outside anyone passing along your road will have a clear view into your home.

Other simple actions to take are;

• Ensure that you keep any side or garden gates locked to stop intruders simply walking into your rear garden.

• Put garden tools, such as spades that could be used as a crowbar, away in the garage or locked in the shed.

• Keep items such as wheelie bins, garden furniture and ladders padlocked to immovable away from where they could be used to climb in through windows.

• Don’t leave door keys in door locks or anywhere they can be easily reached- and keep ground floor and any other windows closed and locked - intruders may be prepared to smash a window to reach in, but they tend not to want to climb through it.

• Burglars tend to head straight for the master bedroom as that is where jewellery and other valuables are usually kept – so think of somewhere different to store such items.

• Further worthwhile precautions are to install and use a front door lamp and security lights to illuminate the front of your home. Offenders don’t like areas where they can easily be seen, whilst a well lit front door and path is welcoming for genuine visitors.

• List and photograph items of jewellery and other valuables record serial numbers. Laptops, tablets and smart phones can all be equipped with software which enables them to be tracked and located if stolen. You can mark other items of property with your home postcode and house number, either discretely with an ultraviolet pen, or a DNA marker liquid or more overtly by engraving, stamping or painting the details on to the surface of larger items.

• Install a home alarm system.

Help keep your home secure by following the crime prevention advice on the Thames Valley Police website. www.thamesvalley.police.uk

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