Burglary advice issued to Northampton residents in Parklands and Abington Vale
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Crime prevention officers and Northamptonshire Police’s Burglary Team are issuing advice to local people in the Parklands and Abington Vale areas of Northampton after an increase in burglaries.
Since the end of January, a number of burglaries have taken place, often with the offenders breaking into the properties via rear gardens or side doors. Among the items stolen are jewellery, war medals and cash.
Some of the streets that have been targeted are Coppice Drive, Stowe Walk, Spinney Hill Crescent, Barnstaple Close and Goodwood Avenue.
Crime Prevention Officer Kate Bailey, said: “A lot of these burglaries have taken place in the early evening, and we want to do as much as we can to raise awareness with people in the areas affected.
“In an ideal world we would not have to issue crime prevention advice, but I would encourage everyone to check out the advice below and to ensure rear gardens are secure with gates locked.
“Finally, anyone who witnesses anything suspicious in their local area should contact us so we can check it out. You can do so by calling 101 or contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
Crime prevention –
A secure rear garden is vitally important to prevent access to the rear of the house. Ideally the rear garden will be protected with 1.8m wall or fencing with no gaps
Side gates leading into the rear garden should also be at least 1.8m and kept securely locked at all times
Trellis, or a suitable anti-climb topping such as plastic spikes make it difficult for anyone climbing over a fence or gate
Thorny plants such as pyracantha or holly planted alongside the fence make for an uncomfortable landing for intruders
At the front, keep fences or walls lower so neighbours and passers-by can see your home. One metre in height is ideal as this allows for a clear view over the top and doesn’t provide cover for anyone wishing to hide
Gravel driveways and paths will make sure you hear anyone approach
Make sure windows and doors are locked when you go out
Leave lights on timer switches around the house so it looks like someone is home
Think about installing a Ring CCTV doorbell to deter burglars from targeting your property. You will receive an alert on your mobile phone if anyone approaches your front door and they will be caught on camera