Protect your property this winter

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A bit of advice from Kent Police, mainly aimed at homes, but with boats coming ashore, we need to think about what is left aboard for the winter. Don't make it easy for opportunist thieves, if you leave a ladder by your boat, for your own sake and everyone else, please lock it up.

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 Halloween, 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)

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