Ahead of the Christmas weekend Richmond Police are urging residents to take care of their homes and make sure they are secure if they leave the house.
Many of us will be at home more often, but it’s important to remember home security – even if you’re only leaving to shop or exercise.
Leaving valuables in sight of the street, or where someone can easily access your home, can attract burglars. It might feel festive to keep your presents under the tree ahead of Christmas Day but if burglars can easily spot them it could make your home an attractive target.
Burglars commonly use windows as entry points as they are often less secure. Take a good look at your windows from the outside and remove potential access points where you can. Are there walls, bins or garden furniture that could be used to reach windows? If the answer is yes, move them away. Whenever you go out, it’s important to leave your home secure. Getting into an ‘exit routine’ can help ensure that you don’t forget home security which could ultimately prevent your home from being burgled.
Some tips to keep your home safe this Christmas:
- Don’t leave packaging from your Christmas presents on the doorsteps. Boxes for items such as electronics will advertise to burglars what new gadgets are in your home.
- Set a timer for your lights. If you are going to be out when it’s dark, leaving a light on in the home gives the impression that the house isn’t empty.
- Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes.
- Double-lock any door.
- Keep bags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening.
- Never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways.
- Make sure the side gate is locked.
- Lock your shed or garage.
- Lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor.
For more information about crime in your area, and to contact your local neighbourhood team visit: https://www.met.police.uk/a/your-area/
Call 101 to report crime to our non-emergency number. Always call 999 in an emergency.