Thames Valley Police, in association with Wokingham Borough Council, are hosting a Burglary & Fraud Community Conference on Wednesday 27 November.
Due to a reported increase in the number of residential burglaries across the Bracknell and Wokingham areas, targeting unoccupied homes in order to find and steal jewellery, cash and other items, Thames Valley Police have issued the following advice.
TVP are advising if you are home in the late afternoons and early evenings, please keep an eye out for your neighbours and don’t hesitate to report any suspicious activity on the Thames Valley Police website or via the Police non-emergency number 101. If you suspect a burglary is in progress, please dial 999.
You can help protect your home and belongings by considering the following:-
Use an automatic plug-in time-switch to operate a lamp or light at pre-set times when you’re out.
A clear, low white light that activates at dusk to dawn is ideal for lighting a yard and garden and allowing any person to be clearly seen.
CCTV and Video Doorbell Systems
A wide range of CCTV cameras and video doorbell systems are available and have proven useful in investigations.
Consider an accredited burglar alarm system with audible alarm boxes mounted high at the front and rear of your home.
Doors, Windows and Gates
Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes and make sure any side and rear gates are locked.
Be careful not to publicise when your home is unattended on social media, post your holiday or party snaps once you are back home.