19th December 2017
Burglary warning for Cranleigh
There has been a recent spate of burglaries in Cranleigh, with one of our committee members who lives in the Hitherwood area a recent victim.
We understand the burglars are after jewellery and the police believe they are in and out of properties in a matter of minutes.
They have been focusing on bedrooms, as this is where they know ladies tend to keep their jewellery.
Please stay safe this Christmas and consider taking some additional measures to secure your property.
The following burglary prevention tips come from Police.uk:
- Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
- Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
- Install a visual burglar alarm
- Install good outside lighting
- Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
- Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
- Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
- Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
- Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
- Ensure rear fencing is in good repair
- Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
- Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise (opens in a new window)
- Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme (opens in a new window)
- Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
- Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault