Thousands of packs containing crime prevention advice, shed alarms and door chains are being handed out by police at the launch of a new campaign to combat burglaries.
The 4,000 Safe and Secure packs will provide advice on home and garden security and several hundred garden shed alarms will also be given out in areas which have suffered thefts of tools and garden equipment.
Operation Protect is part of a wider campaign by West Mercia police to help householders to increase security while reducing fear of crime.
“Although Shropshire is one of the safest parts of the country in which to live and work, that’s no consolation to the small number of people who fall victim to burglars,” said Detective Inspector Gavin Kinrade.
“We will be working with partner agencies on a variety of security issues designed to protect homes and to make people feel safer.
More advice is available at www.westmercia.police.uk
Security tips to help protect a home include:
Ensure doors and windows are locked at all times.
Fit sturdy deadlocks (British Standard BS3621) to all external doors.
Take care of keys. Keep door and car keys in a safe place, out of sight.
Use timer switches or sensors to turn lights on in the evenings when out of the house.
Invest in external lighting.
Mark belongings with postcode and house number.
If you have an alarm, set it when you go out.
Ensure newspapers, post, milk etc are not left on display.
Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your home while you’re away.
Effective garden security includes defensive planting (prickly shrubs and trees) and well-kept gates and fences to help to keep your home secure.
Ensure ladders and tools are put away so they can’t be used to break into your home
(Reproduced from the Shropshire Star, April 23rd)
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