Don't be a victim of burglary
20/12/2014 09:04:00......Posted by Sara Bashford
We have been contacted by the local police team as Christmas is a time when burglary increases and they have asked that we provide you with the following advice, which we are happy to do.
The message from the Selsdon and Ballards Police team is:-
We are letting you know about these burglaries so that you can take action to protect your premises:
Please fit proper locks on doors and windows and ensure that when you leave your house that it is secure and locked.
Make sure that if you have a rear access to your house that any gates are locked or bolted – a number of burglars have let themselves in through unlocked back doors.
Install timers that switch lights and/or radios on and off automatically.
Thieves may target cars, breaking into the house to get the keys: ensure you don’t keep your keys in an obvious place, for example visible/accessible via a letterbox.
KEEP YOUR PRESENTS OUT OF PUBLIC VIEW.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously near your home always call the police. You will be asked for a description of the suspect, details of their clothing, car index numbers and where they are or what direction they have gone.
If you have any information about these burglaries or any other crime, then please contact the police via the following telephone numbers:
• In an emergency always call 999
• To report a crime please call 101
• Selsdon Safer Neighbourhoods Team: 020 8649 2464
• e-mail: Selsdon.Ballards.email@example.com
• CrimeStoppers: 0800 500 111. Your call is free, you do not have to give your name and you may receive a reward.
A good way to protect your home is by becoming a member of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Do you have a scheme in your street? If you would like to set one up then contact your Local Policing Team.
If we can assist with further advice please contact us on 020 8721 2059 or visit www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention for further crime prevention advice.