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A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience that can affect you and your family long after the incident has occurred. By applying a few prevention methods you can make your home less attractive to burglars.
What can you do on a daily basis?
- Keep all wallets, purses, credit cards and car keys out of sight and out of reach. · If you leave your house empty, even if you are in the back garden, lock all the doors and windows. · An intruder alarm can be an effective deterrent against burglars, seek advice to ensure it is the most suitable for your needs. · Make it a habit to mark your valuables by using your postcode and house number or name. · Some articles are unsuitable for marking so photograph them next to a ruler. · Register your property at immobilise.com, it’s free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property.
What about when it gets dark?
- Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home. · When you go out in the evening, always leave a light on in a room that cannot be peered into from the road. · Fit security lighting – either dusk to dawn energy efficient lighting that will come on automatically as dusk sets in, or infrared activated lighting which draws attention to movement.
How can I keep my garden safe?
- Ensure that gates or access to the rear of the house are locked and secure. · Trim overgrown plants – don’t give burglars a hiding place. · Secure garden tools and ladders in a locked shed or garage to prevent them being used to break into your home. · Fit outside security lighting and a visible burglar alarm to help deter burglars.
On Friday (5 January), a cupboard in the communal hall area of a building had been forced into, with nothing being taken. This occurred on Vernon Road in Uckfield. (Ref: 0569 – 05/01)
Between 01:30 and 09:20 on Saturday morning (6 January), a shed was broken into on Ashengate Way in Five Ash Down, Uckfield. A motocross bike and push bike were stolen. (Ref: 0274 – 06/01)
Between 16:30 and 10:00 on Saturday/Sunday (6/7 January), a shed was broken into. A tool box had been taken, this occurred in Eridge Green in Tunbridge Wells. (Ref: 0052 – 08/01)
In the early hours of Sunday morning (7 January), a lockup shed door was found to be open with the light on and the padlock damaged. This occurred on Shepherds Hill in Buxted, Uckfield. (Ref: 0503 – 07/01)
Between 08:00 and 15:30 on Sunday (7 January) on The Street in Litlington, Polegate a shed was broken into with a chainsaw being taken. (Ref: 1017 – 07/01)
There was an attempted break to a house on Post Horn Lane in Forest Row. This incident occurred on Tuesday (9 January). (Ref: 1166 – 09/01)
Help us keep Sussex safe If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting the reference number provided. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org