Bexley police launch crackdown on burglaries
PUBLISHED: 10:07 16 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:19 16 September 2015
The crime traditionally increases in early autumn
POLICE in Bexley are launching an autumn crackdown on burglaries to stop criminals profiting from the nights drawing in.
Break-ins tend to increase in late September and October as a result of the increased darkness – even though overall, burglaries in the borough have dropped by 32 per cent in the past year.
The number dropped from 1,798 between July 2013 and July 2014 to 1,215 in the following 12 months.
Borough commander Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe points out that in a third of residential burglaries in London there are no signs of forced entry – which suggests that the burglars may have got in through doors and windows which were not properly secured.
He is advising people to make sure doors and windows are locked with a key, to keep valuables out of sight and out of reach from doors and windows, and to lock side gates and store bins behind them.
If you’re not at home, you can set the lights and radio to come on using a timer, so it appears that someone is home.
It’s also a good idea not to leave packaging outside which shows that you have expensive new items.
For their part, police will be putting extra resources into tracking down wanted burglary suspects, patrolling areas where burglary is a problem, and visiting people to give crime prevention advice.
Chief Superintendent Boothe said: “Burglary has a huge and long-lasting emotional impact on victims.
“It can be extremely difficult for them to come to terms with the fact that a burglar has been inside their home - somewhere that is supposed to be a place of safety.
“Thankfully we’ve seen nearly 600 fewer burglaries in Bexley over the past 12 months, but I’m urging people to think about home security and make sure they’re not leaving themselves vulnerable.”
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