Don’t let thieves steal the spring in your stepPublished Tuesday, 9th May 2017
Summer is just around the corner – and with the weather warming up, Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police have teamed up to warn residents of burglary dangers.
Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures.
Although statistically the likelihood of you being a victim of this type of crime in Rotherham is remote, taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home and property safe.
Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Community Safety and Street Scene Karen Hanson said: “As the weather warms more people spend time in the garden or going on day trips or holiday, leaving their house and vehicles more vulnerable to thieves. Criminals are often opportunists who are looking for easy targets. It only takes seconds for a burglar to strike but by making it more difficult for them to get in they are less likely to hang around and get caught.”
Most importantly, check whether you have secure locks on your external doors. If you haven’t asked for specific safety measures on your locks, it is likely you will have the most common lock, the euro cylinder lock, which is vulnerable to burglaries. No matter how expensive your door is or how many locking points there are, criminals can still enter your property by breaking or snapping the lock.
For little cost, you can change your lock to a snap and bump safe lock to increase your home’s security. Ask for the TS007 lock. If you are unsure about what type of lock you have, contact an approved locksmith or the door manufacturer or supplier.
Secured By Design is a company owned and operated by the Association of Chief Police Officers, who offer approved locks and advice.
South Yorkshire Police’s Detective Chief Inspector Lee Berry said he was keen to encourage people to report any concerns they have so they can be thoroughly investigated.
He said: “We are asking the public to remain safety conscious and make it as difficult as possible for thieves. By taking a few simple precautions, residents can make their homes and vehicles a lot safer.
“Meanwhile, if you suspect someone is committing burglary offences or may be handling stolen goods, we would like to hear about it. You can report concerns by:”
To keep your belongings safe:
- 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)
- 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
- Install a visual burglar alarm – you are far more likely to be burgled if you do not have an alarm fitted
- 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
- Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
- Mark your property with postcode and house number
- Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
- 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
Likewise, most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car. The best way to protect your belongings is to lock your car whenever you leave it. Other things you can do include:
- Removing everything from the car; don't even leave a jacket or loose change where it can be seen
- Closing the sunroof along with the windows when you leave
- Not storing things in the boot; take them with you
- Storing car ownership information in your home, not your car
- Having a routine to ensure you always take the keys out of the ignition
- Taking removable stereos and sat-nav equipment with you
- Using secure (theft resistant) number plates to make your plates less attractive to thieves
Further advice can be obtained by visiting: