Burglary prevention advice issued to Thorplands and Lumbertubs residents
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A recent increase in burglaries in the Thorplands, Lumbertubs and surrounding areas of Northampton has led Northamptonshire Police to issue a reminder on prevention advice to residents.
Since the end of January, a number of burglaries have taken place in these areas where the offender(s) have gained entry via windows and doors at the rear of properties. Easy to carry items such as jewellery, cash and keys have been stolen.
As investigations into the offences continue, the Force’s crime prevention officers and Burglary Team are sharing advice to help people reduce their risk of being burgled.
Crime prevention officer Kate Bailey said: “Most 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. A male suspect has been seen in the vicinity of some of these burglaries and we would urge residents to remain vigilant when out and about during the evening.
“In an ideal world we would not have to issue crime prevention advice but I would encourage everyone to check out the crime prevention 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.”
A secure rear garden is vitally important to prevent access to the rear of the house. Ideally your rear garden will be protected with a 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.
Keep wheelie bins stored in the rear garden so burglars don’t use them to climb on to get over gates and fences
At the front, keep fences or walls lower so neighbours and passers-by can see your home. One-metre 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 deter intruders as they are too noisy!
Make sure windows and doors are locked at all times – 25% of burglaries are via unlocked doors or windows.
Leave lights on timer switches around the house so it looks like someone is home even when you’re out.
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.