Spring into action against burglars with our simple steps (23 Mar 2017)

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As the clocks go forward this coming weekend, West Yorkshire Police is reminding people of the simple steps they can take to help prevent themselves becoming a victim of burglary. Continuing the theme from the Christmas burglary campaign, the Force is using a twist on a popular game using notes stuck to people's heads as a reminder of simple measures they can take to prevent burglary.  

To show just how easy these steps are, we're once again enlisting our mini-crime fighters to help reinforce the message. Short video clips of the five and six-year-olds will be uploaded in the next few weeks to show the simple steps you should take to make it more difficult for burglars. 

The seven messages are: 

  • Lock your doors behind you, even if you're just out in the garden.
  • Don't leave attractive items such as bags, laptops and cash inside the door when you've got home.
  • Leave a light on!Always close and lock windows when you're not in the room.
  • Keep your keys out of view and not in reach of the letterbox or a cat flap.
  • Don't leave laptops / tablets or their power cables / chargers on show.
  • Use your burglar alarm if you have one and check door locks are up to standard.
  • Keep garden tools and ladders locked away and secure when not in use. 

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A poster campaign backs up the messages. 

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Angela Williams, said: "We are fully aware of the impact of burglary on victims and as a Force we are continually looking to improve the support we can provide. 

"We are launching this Spring campaign to show our continued commitment to reducing burglary and to bringing offenders to justice. The key to this is reminding homeowners to be vigilant and make sure their homes are secure. 

"We would like people to work with their local Neighbourhood Policing Teams to reduce the number of burglaries across the county by ensuring their properties are secure and they are not at increased risk of being targeted by offenders. Residents can do this by not leaving keys in the back of a locked door and to ensure all valuable items are out of sight when they are not in use. 

"We would also like to encourage people to keep an eye on a neighbour's home when they are on holiday by opening and closing blinds or curtains and removing mail. Setting up or joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is also an excellent way to work together to prevent the area being targeted." 

Force Crime Prevention Officer, Chris Joyce, said: "The onset of lighter nights and warmer weather means more people will be spending time outside in their gardens, but there are simple things you can do to help protect your home. It can take just 60 seconds for burglars to get into your home and steal your belongings but you can help prevent this by making it more difficult for them by removing opportunities they may look for.  

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"Crime prevention doesn't need to cost huge sums of money - simply locking your doors, shutting your windows and not leaving valuables on display can make a great diff

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I don't want a single person across West Yorkshire to come home and find that they've been burgled. It's an absolutely horrible experience and one that we are doing everything we can to help prevent. erence. These easy steps can significantly reduce your chances of being a victim of burglary." 

"This is an eye catching campaign and there is a serious message behind it. There are some simple measures you can take to drastically reduce your chances of being targeted by callous thieves. 

"If you are the victim of a burglary or you would like some crime prevention advice, contact West Yorkshire Police or visit their website for further information and advice." 

District crime prevention officers are there to support members of the public in helping you to do your bit to prevent crime and can be contacted via 101. 

Helpful crime prevention tips and more information about the campaign can be found on the West Yorkshire Police website at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/burglary 

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