Police launch summer crackdown on burglaries

PUBLISHED: 15:29 15 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:29 15 July 2015

A poster promoting Bexley police's Summertime campaign

A poster promoting Bexley police's Summertime campaign


Advice on keeping your home safe

Police in Bexley have launched a summer campaign to crack down on burglaries in the borough.

Together with Bexley Council, the Met is running a campaign reminding people to lock their doors and windows to keep their homes secure against opportunist thieves and burglars.

Burglary across the borough has already dropped by almost a third in a year – well above the Met average of a 12 per cent drop - partly as a result of a two-year operation targeting thieves and drug dealers, which resulted in several jail sentences.

And, obviously, police are keen to keep the trend going – and will be putting up posters at 62 sites across the borough promoting the campaign, which is called Summertime: Don’t Make A Burglar’s Life Easier.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Holmes, who leads Bexley’s burglary squad, said: “Open doors and windows are clear invitations to burglars; don’t make it easy for them.

“We appreciate that the weather is getting warmer and that people would like to ventilate their homes. However, we’d like people to ensure that they lock their windows and doors when there’s no one at home - even if you are going out for just five minutes. If you have a UPVC door, pull up the handle and lock it with a key - just pulling the handle up is not enough.

“We have seen cases where burglars use items to reach through letterboxes or slip the lock when the door is only secured with a single Yale lock. People need to make sure that doors are properly secured and valuables are not left within easy reach - especially wallets, keys, mobile phones and laptops.

“Security lights, burglar alarms or even putting up trellis on your garden fence are all also good ways to put burglars off targeting your home.”

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