Protect your property this winter

Protect your property this winter

As the evenings start to become longer Kent Police is reminding home owners to take simple crime prevention steps to keep their properties secure.

With residents leaving their homes throughout the winter months to attend festive events, such as Bonfire Night and Christmas there is typically a spike in burglary reports across the county.

To combat this rise Kent Police is launching its annual campaign to help prevent burglaries and target those responsible.

Officers will be taking a proactive approach throughout the course of the campaign and will continue to advise home owners of the simple steps they can take to protect their properties.

Detective Superintendent Jon Armory from Kent Police said: “Preventing burglaries and bringing offenders to justice is a top priority throughout the year for Kent Police. However, we have historically seen an increase in reports during the weeks between Halloween and Christmas.

“Our focus is on catching and convicting offenders whilst encouraging people to take simple crime prevention steps to keep their properties secure.

“Most burglaries are opportunistic and often just by making your home look occupied by using time switches on lights is enough to prevent a burglar targeting a property.

“Burglary is a terrible crime that can leave victims feeling scared and anxious long after the offences have taken place and we want to do all we can to make this even less likely to occur.”

 

How to protect your home:

Ensure doors and windows are secure before leaving your property

Keep keys, cash and expensive items out of view

Use timer switches on lights and radios to make your home look occupied

Keep gates locked and boundaries secure

Lock away bikes, tools and garden items that could be stolen or used to break into your home

 

You can also:

Security-mark items including bicycles, smartphones and laptops

Keep receipts and serial numbers safe

Photograph and insure expensive or unique items

Register important items for free at www.immobolise.com. This can help us return them to you if they are stolen and then recovered.

 

PSE Michael “Geordie” Laidlow

Volunteer & Watch Liaison Officer (VWLO)