When did you last check your home security?
Police are advising people to check their home security after 36 burglary offences were reported in north-west Ipswich and the neighbouring villages between 30 November 2018 and 8 January 2019. You can find home security advice and a self assessment form at: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/homesecurity_0.pdf but these are some of the key messages:
Always check that all doors and windows are locked and secure at all times, even when you are at home.
Don’t leave keys in the locks or within sight from outside, but make sure everyone in the house knows how to get out quickly in an emergency.
If you have a uPVC door with multi-point locking, you must engage the locks with the key as well as lift the handle. If you do not engage the locks and remove the key, an offender can reach through the letter box and open the door.
Do not leave car keys on view – especially close to the front door.
Make sure you have a secure rear perimeter at least 1.8m high. Lock your gate with a closed shackle padlock.
Do not leave bins outside the gate that could be used to climb into the rear.
Remove any item from the garden (ie bricks, tools etc) that could be used to force entry.
If you have motion activated CCTV of any type (including a ring doorbell) check all activations and report anything suspicious.
Please share this message, especially with elderly or vulnerable family or friends.
Help us keep our communities safe. Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice
To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us
To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.
Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.