Summer time – Don’t make it rich pickings for criminals

There are lots of ways you can help stop opportunist thieves.

11 Jul 2016

Traditionally Humberside Police see an increase in property being stolen over the summer months (July – September).

These include:
•    Homes with doors or windows left open getting targeted by sneak-in burglars (215 insecure burglaries last summer).
•    Opportunist thieves taking property left on display in cars, while windows have been left open (760 theft from vehicles last summer).
•    Valuable property being left out and insecure in gardens being pinched my criminals (2826 incidents of theft other and 771 shed burglaries last summer).
•    Offenders taking cycles left unlocked by people enjoying the sun and taking a cycle ride (634 incidents last summer).

With this in mind we are going to point out examples of when the public have made it too easy for criminals in order to encourage members of the public to change their approach to security, while also preventing opportunities for criminals who target homes, cars or cycles. 

Officers or PCSOs on patrol across Humberside will be on the lookout for homes, vehicles or property left vulnerable – as normal. When they see these, they are being encouraged to take a quick picture which will then be shared on the Humberside Facebook page (these will be anonymised). 

They will then speak to the owner about how they can improve their crime prevention. This will reduce the chance of that person becoming a future victim, whilst also raising awareness in simple steps to prevent crime and reduce opportunities for thieves.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Webb said: “The message of this campaign is simple – Don’t make it easy for criminals – and everyone can play their part. 

“We will be using intelligence led patrolling to deter offending in hotspots, undertaking projects to make areas more secure from crime and focusing on bringing offenders to justice. 

“While the public can also get involved by taking responsibility for protecting their property from would be thieves be keeping it secure and not making it a temptation to thieves. But also assisting in reporting crime in progress on 999 or details about crimes or offender on 101. Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

As part of the campaign there are simple steps everyone can take to reduce the chances of becoming a victim. So please take a few minutes to read these as they will help protect your property from opportunist criminals.

Burglary from homes 
•    Always keep doors locked and when you leave a room close and lock the window
•    If your valuables are visible through a window they could tempt a burglar – try not to leave items on view.
•    If your house looks like you are at home it becomes less of a target – use timers to turn on lights and radios.
•    Consider getting a house alarm fitted as it deters.
•    Going away on holiday? Think about house security, 
1.    use timers for lighting or a radio to make the property occupied, 
2.    Keep windows covered 
3.    Get a neighbour to push mail through and keep an eye on the house
4.    Parking a neighbours car on the drive makes it look as if you are home
•    If you can describe your property, you stand a better chance of getting the thief who is using it prosecuted, visit www.immobilise.com for more details

Theft from cars 
•    If you don’t need items of property for the journey leave them at home – keep Sat Navs, golf clubs and laptops safe.
•    If a criminal can see your property, they may choose to steal it – keep it hidden
•    Keep your windows up and your car locked every time you leave it.
•    Parking your car? Find a well populated space and avoid isolated areas, pay a little extra for an attended car park
•    If you can describe your property, you stand a better chance of getting the thief who is using it prosecuted, visit www.immobilise.com for more details

Theft for gardens
•    Keep sheds locked ideally with a good quality lock and decent hasp and staple (Visit the sold secure website for details http://www.soldsecure.com/)
•    If a criminal can see items on display in a shed they may choose to steal it – keep it hidden and covering windows
•    Don’t leave cycles on display in gardens, lock them away.
•    Finished with the garden furniture and barbeque for the day? – then lock them away
•    If you can describe your property, you stand a better chance of getting the thief who is using it prosecuted, visit www.immobilise.com for more details

Cycle theft 
•    Calling at the shop for 30 seconds and not locking your bike, can lead to a long walk home – lock it
•    85% of stolen cycles are locked with cheap locks, don’t make yours one of them – use a quality lock (Visit the sold secure website for details http://www.soldsecure.com/)
•    If you can describe your bike, you stand a better chance of getting the thief who is riding it prosecuted, visit www.immobilise.com for more details – and remember to register your frame number.

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