Police warn of burglaries at Wraxall and Failand

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By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 11:45

Neighbourhood police in Wraxall and Failand are reminding residents to be vigilant after a number of burglaries from homes and garages in the area. 

There have also been a number of thefts from cars in the area.

Opportunist burglars will seize any chance they can, so help to beat the burglars by taking a few easy steps to protect your home:

  • Secure garden boundaries and entry points to houses – consider putting a lock on a side gate;
  • Make your home look lived in while you are away. Consider automatic timer switchers for lights and radios to come on and off at different times;
  • Clear away any garden tools or ladders – these can be very useful to a burglar;
  • Lock your garage and shed with proper security locks, or consider an alarm;
  • If you are going away, cancel deliveries of milk, newspapers etc., discretely. Don't announce your departure to a shop full of people - only tell people who need to know you're going away;
  • Mark any valuable items with your postcode and take photographs of jewellery. Consider the use of Smart Water, a security marking product;
  • Install a small floor safe;
  • Lock all outside doors and windows – don't leave keys on show or in the locks;
  • Remember your door step code – if you can't see who is at your door from a window, then use your chain if you have one, or use your spy hole. Check the back door is locked. Ask for ID. Please remember you do not have to open your front door;
  • Consider outside security lighting which reacts to movement or is light sensitive.; and
  • Don't leave items such as sat navs, laptops or shopping on display in your car. It's an invitation to thieves to break into your car.

Police also ask householder to please be vigilant and if they think something is suspicious it probably is so let them know. 

101 is the non-emergency number where you can report an incident after it has happened. Alternatively, dial 999 if is happening right now.

Beat Manager PC Adam Clarke and PCSO Charlotte Thompson will be in the Mobile Police Station on Monday, February 4 between 2-3pm and 7-8pm, holding a drop-in local crime prevention surgery. 

They will park at Failand Village Hall and invite peple to please do come and have a chat. 

They will have some safes to give away – first come first served.

For those interested in a free crime prevention visit to their home contact the team on 101 or visit the Avon and Somerset Constabulary website and follow the links to the Nailsea Beat Team.  

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