Crackdown continues after fall in burglaries

Burglary stock image
Burglary stock image

Police say they will continue to crackdown on thieves after a 10% drop in burglaries in the Vale.

From April 1 2013 to the end of March 2014, burglaries fell by 10.34% (a reduction of 37 crimes), compared to the 2012/13 period.

Police are continuing their campaign over the summer with the launch of a new burglary prevention card, reminding homeowners to take care of their property and valuables over the summer.

The pocket sized four sided folding document, produced by the Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership, reminds residents that an open door or window is an open invitation – and to not make it easy for opportunistic burglars.

Chief Insp Olly Wright, said: “Most burglars will select their target because it offers them the best and easiest opportunity to carry out crime undiscovered. “Therefore, we would advise all residents to follow simple safety advice to help continue the downward trend in burglary.”

The card gives 15 top tips to keep homes and property secure this summer and has a handy holiday check list to help people protect their homes before going away. Key messages on the card include:

> Keep the boundaries to properties secure by locking side gates

> Make sure windows and doors are locked when going out and at night

> Ensure front doors and windows are locked when out in the garden as ‘sneak in’ burglaries can increase in the summer months

> Fully lock UPVC doors with a key – don’t just lift the handle

> Don’t advertise on social networking sites that you are going on holiday

Councillor Pam Pearce, district council cabinet member for community matters, said: “We all need to work together in preventing burglaries in our communities especially during the summer months.

“This campaign allows us to continue to get the message out and remind people to watch their property and the property of their neighbours.

“All suspicious activity can be reported anonymously through Crimestoppers and together we can all have a very happy and safe summer.”

The card will be available in a variety of locations including travel agents, pharmacies, camping shops, libraries, doctors surgeries and coffee shops.

It will also be e-mailed to parents across the Vale through the school messaging system.