New TVP Home Security Guide
Monday, April 8th, 2019
Chiltern Residents’ #1 Concern
Residential Burglary routinely emerges as the greatest concern in the Community Forum surveys, and so long as it remains so, it will remain one of the top 3 priorities set by the Forum for our Neighbourhood Police.
Thames Valley Police operates a number of force-wide initiatives, under names such as Stronghold and Operation Garland, and they have had some very good results in disrupting and catching organised burglary groups.
The Neighbourhood Policing Team safeguards victims of burglaries, visiting and advising them, and carrying out crime surveys to target harden their premises. Crime prevention events, ‘Have Your Say’ sessions and now ‘Pop-Up police stations’ are all opportunities to advise residents on anti-burglary measures.
Inevitably, however, unless burglars are disrupted ‘in the act’, justice or restitution will always be possible in only a small minority of cases. Many burglars are from out of our area, using the Motorway network to travel in and away, and some criminals come from much further afield.
Improving our own security
As with a number of crimes, there are actions we, as residents and property owners, can take to improve our chances of not becoming a victim.
The TVP Home Security Guide has advice and numerous practical tips on how to make your home more secure and reduce your risk of falling victim.
- Look at your home security through the eyes of a burglar; how you would break in if you locked yourself out – you may be surprised at how easy it would be.
- Ensure doors and windows are locked, even if you are just out in the garden.
- Store house, window and car keys out of reach of windows and your letterbox.
- Hide valuables so they can’t be seen from outside.
- Mark your valuables with a UV pen or forensic marking kit as this will make it harder for thieves to sell the items.
- Register valuables for free on the national property register at www.immobilise.com and bicycles at www.bikeregister.com.
- Trim back hedges and shrubs at the front of your property so that burglars have nowhere to hide.
- Always lock sheds and garages to prevent access to tools that could be used to break into your home.
- Plant thorny bushes around the perimeter of your garden to deter thieves from climbing in.
- Gravel can be laid on driveways, paths and beneath ground floor windows which will make a noise when stood on.
There is also advice on CCTV, distraction burglaries, lighting, digital security, and a ‘going away checklist’.
Other Recent Posts
Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
Chiltern Community Forum is especially happy to support the activities of The Street Association, which seeks to encourage a strong sense of community among residents, making communities stronger, friendlier and more supportive. Read More...
Monday, September 16th, 2019
Thames Valley Police will be taking part in a variety of activities designed to challenge and reduce the threat of knife crime during National Knife Crime Awareness Week, from Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd September. Read More...
Friday, September 13th, 2019
Chiltern District Council’s new Chiltern Crowdfunding scheme will provide local residents and organisations an opportunity to raise funds towards a local community project. CDC can pledge up to 50% of the project cost up to £5,000. Read More...
Wednesday, September 4th, 2019
Chiltern & South Bucks Leisure and Communities team is offering grants of up to £150 to enable community groups and local Town and Parish Councils to organise a Silver Sunday event. A wonderful opportunity to celebrate older people in our community! Read More...
Monday, September 2nd, 2019
How will the new Buckinghamshire Council work with residents, key agencies, local councils, community groups and others, to ensure strong local connections and solutions? Here’s how you can have your say. Read More...
Friday, August 9th, 2019
Community Impact Bucks has launched a county-wide Handy Helpers Scheme, to help support vulnerable residents aged 65+. Volunteers can help vulnerable residents aged 65+ to live safely and securely in their own homes for longer. Read More...