Lowestoft: Keep your property safe
WITH the clocks going forward on Sunday (March 29), Suffolk police is urging all residents to keep their property safe.As the evenings get lighter and the weather improves, criminals can take advantage of people spending more time outdoors and of people leaving windows and doors open.
WITH the clocks going forward on Sunday (March 29), Suffolk police is urging all residents to keep their property safe.
As the evenings get lighter and the weather improves, criminals can take advantage of people spending more time outdoors and of people leaving windows and doors open.
However, Ben Cook the inspector for community safety added there are simple measures which can protect people's property.
'It may be tempting to leave windows and doors open as it gets lighter and warmer, but this is an invitation for a burglar to take advantage of easy access to your home,' he said. Whether you are inside or outside in the garden, keep doors and windows secure so only you can get in and out.
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'The same applies to your garage or shed - once you've removed the lawnmower, tools or barbeque you're using, lock it behind you. Never leave items of value unattended in your garden, and don't leave them on display through a window either. Mesh or bars can be fixed on shed and garage windows to conceal your property and deter criminals from breaking in.'
'Keep vehicles in secure garages where available, or parked in an open, well lit area. Keep hedges and shrubs cut back and fences, gates and walls in good repair. Make sure items such as bicycles, ladders and motorised vehicles that can be locked, are locked. Lock smaller items in cabinets and always keep keys safe and out of sight. Houses, sheds and garages can also be alarmed.
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'I would also urge you to security mark items - Suffolk Police hold regular property marking events around the county, or equipment can be purchased to do this yourself. Take photos of any valuable items, these pictures could help trace them in the event that they are stolen.
Property can also be registered with a free database called Immobilise.
This national system is used by most police forces, including Suffolk - all you need to do is enter the serial number of your phone, computer, MP3 player, bike or anything else with such a code, and update the system if it is lost or stolen. If the police seize stolen property, or an item is found, officers can search the database to find out who the item belongs to, and your property will be returned. You can also use the system to find out if a second-hand item you want to buy is stolen.' To register go to the web site, www.immobilise.com and follow the instructions.
Any suspicious activity should be reported to police on 01473 613500 or 999 if a crime is in progress, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.