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Following two distraction burglaries in the county last week, Officers are asking residents to be mindful of security and how to deal with unexpected callers at your doorstep.
In both recent distraction burglaries, the offenders knocked at the doors of elderly people saying they were from their water company and to turn their water off. The offenders then entered the homes and items inside were stolen.
There are some simple security measures everyone can take to help stop you from becoming a victim of crime and we would ask that you speak with your elderly/vulnerable relatives and neighbours to also make them aware -
- Always use a chain and a viewer on your door to see who is calling. Only open the door if you feel comfortable and always keep the chain on.
- Always ask for identification from any unexpected callers and do not let them in until you are completely comfortable with who they are and have verified who they work for.
- If someone calls claiming to be from a utility company such as water, gas, electric or council do not let them in. Close the door and ring your utility company using the telephone number from a recent bill or from the phone book/internet and not a telephone number that might be on their caller’s ID badge. Only once you are completely happy that the caller is genuine should they be allowed inside your home. If you have any suspicions at all, phone the police immediately.
- Councils and utilities companies will generally contact householders in advance by letter or telephone if they plan to carry out repairs rather than make unsolicited calls.
- If you have a back/side gate to your property, ensure it is locked with a padlock. A slide bolt is not sufficient on its own.
- Ensure that your doors are kept locked when you are inside the house.
- If you need carers or family to have access then consider fitting a key safe on the outside wall near to the front door.
- Please report anything suspicious as soon as possible to police on 101, if a crime is in progress please dial 999.
You can find further crime prevention advice on the ‘advice’ pages of the Suffolk Constabulary website www.suffolk.police.uk or you can speak with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team. Contact details can be found here - http://www.suffolk.police.uk/your-area
Police are urging residents to review their security following a number of burglaries to outbuildings in Hemingstone overnight Wednesday 29th November.
In Bulls Road entry was gained to a shed. Tools were moved, although nothing appears stolen. A second incident in Bulls Road, entry was gained to a garage. Chainsaws and other tools were stolen.
A garage and barn were entered in Church Lane by breaking the lock. Strimmers, wood cutters, power and hand tools were stolen.
If you noticed any unusual activity in these areas or have any information, please contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting crime reference CAD 60; 160; 139 of 29 November
Hints and tips for securing your outbuildings:
- Avoid storing valuable items like power tools and golf clubs in your shed. These items should be kept inside your home or a secure garage.
- Remember to lock your shed or garage after use.
- Secure shed doors by fitting a strong hasp and staple (also called a ‘padbar’). Secure this with coach bolts and lock the hasp over the staple with a closed shackle padlock.
- Secure shed door hinges with coach bolts or non-returnable screws.
- Further protect your shed with a ‘shed bar’. This and other approved security products will improve the security of your shed or garage and can be found at www.soldsecure.com or www.securedbydesign.com
- Replace any rotten door or window frames.
- Replace broken glass panes or use perspex or polycarbonate as a more secure alternative for shed and garage windows. Use a window lock along with a strong grille or wire mesh. Use curtains or netting so people cannot see inside. Screw windows shut if you do not use them.
- Fit a good quality battery operated alarm to your outbuilding.
- Up-and-over garage doors can be secured by putting padlocks through the inside runners or fitting padlocks with a hasp and staple on either side of the door.
- Fit British Standard approved locks to all your external garage doors including integral doors which access your house.
- If you have a household alarm fitted, consider extending the system to cover your garage.
- Chain items such as bicycles, ladders and lawnmowers to a strong anchor point or to each other and use a closed shackle padlock.
- Property mark items such as drills and lawnmowers. Items can be postcoded by etching, painting, stencilling, etc.
- Register your property at www.immobilise.com this is a free web based property registration service supported by Norfolk & Suffolk Police.
- Make sure your household insurance covers your shed or garage.
Further security and crime reduction information can be found on the advice pages of our website www.suffolk.police.uk or you can speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team.