Summer security boost

BurglarNorfolk Police are urging residents to pay extra attention to household and garden security during the summer months.

Historically, opportunistic crime tends to rise at this time of year, when the weather gets warmer.

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Supt Dave Marshall said: “We are urging residents to take on board some simple crime prevention measures, which can stop opportunist thieves in their tracks. As always officers will be patrolling the neighbourhoods to prevent, disrupt and prosecute criminals who blight our communities.”

Police are offering local residents the following summer security advice:

  1. Householders are reminded to keep windows and doors locked and secure at all times, whether they are inside or outside the home.
     
  2. Attention should be paid to the security of sheds and garages and to the property stored within as these often contain expensive items such as lawnmowers, power tools and sports equipment. Use good quality locks and fit internal grills to the windows.
     
  3. Store garden furniture in a lockable outbuilding. If you leave things outside all year (ornaments, furniture, tools) which could be removed easily, secure them in position or fill with heavy gravel to prevent these items from being carried away.
     
  4. People should mark their belongings – this will make them less attractive to steal and make it more difficult for them to be sold on.
     
  5. Be a good neighbour – if anyone is spotted acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, call the police.
     
  6. People attending large scale events or out and about in busy areas should be mindful of thieves and keep handbags closed and mobile phones out of sight.

If you witness suspicious activity or have been offered something for sale that you suspect has been stolen call the police on 0845 456 4567 or on 999, if a crime is in progress.

For further information or advice contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0845 456 4567 or visit www.norfolk.police.uk.

 

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