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Halton residents urged to improve their home security to deter burglars
HALTON residents are being warned to take extra security precautions as the dark nights draw in.
Crime Reduction advisor for Halton Police, Phil Buckley said: “The nights are beginning to close in and when the clocks go back on October 27, more light is lost. Let’s make it harder for the burglar.
“The majority of burglaries can be prevented by simply doing things which won’t cost anything other than time and thought.”
Here are some of his tips.
Make sure that you always keep the windows and doors fully locked.
Valuables should not be visible. Televisions and laptops are always a target by burglars.
Consider putting gravel on areas by your windows. The noise produced when stepping on gravel could alert you that someone is approaching the property.
Switch on lights before you go out at night or fit timers to operate radios and lights.
Don’t leave car keys on view for offenders to see via your letter box, they can be easily fished out and then your car stolen.
Installing outside lights, dusk till dawn type lights with a low wattage bulb will give a constant light when needed. They go on as darkness comes in and turns off when it becomes lighter.
Garages and Sheds are often left unlocked and may be full of tools ideal for breaking into the rest of the house. Fit sheds and garages with strong padlocks and ideally an alarm. Always lock ladders in the garage or shed to stop a thief using them. Chain valuables i.e bikes, garden equipment together and fix the chain to a solid object.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, particularly around vulnerable persons and premises then call Cheshire Police on 101.
Consider starting a Home Watch scheme in your area. Please contact Mark Antrobus @Halton Safer Partnerships on 0151 511 6721 or email Mark.Antrobus@cheshire.pnn.police.uk for information or you can set up your own scheme on www.ourwatch.org.uk Further information on crime prevention can be obtained from Phil Buckley on 01606363971 or email email@example.com
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