Keeping Your Property Safe & Secure
We are appealing to residents and homeowners in the remote areas of Staffordshire, to be vigilant and property safe.
It follows a number of burglaries in the Alrewas area and across the south of the County. During these incidents items including jewellery and keys to high value motor vehicles have been targeted by the thieves who have entered properties. The thieves are then stealing the vehicles parked at the properties using the keys.
Temporary Inspector, Jo Rea from our Lichfield local policing team said: “ I would like to remind residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in the area. “We are working to ensure that you feel safe, and have increased patrols to ensure we catch those responsible for these crimes. “I would urge you to not only report suspicious activity but to check your home is safe and secure at all times. Following our crime prevention advice can always help reduce the chances of being a victim of crime.”
Top tips for keeping your home safe:
• Always keep house and car keys away from doors and windows. Store valuables and keys away out of view.
• Always keep your windows and doors locked even when you are in – if you pop upstairs or in the garden make sure the room you are not in is secure.
• Consider installing movement activated security lights at the front and back of your property or an alarm/CCTV system. If you have these already installed, ensure they are in good working order and are switched on.
• If you have valuable tools and garden equipment in your garage or shed, make sure you keep it locked and fit an inaccessible bolt/lock to your garden gate. Consider fitting locking devices to high value bicycles.
• Try to avoid storing large bulky items, like wheelie bins, near to your property as these can be used to access properties.
If you see anything suspicious please call 101, or 999 in an emergency.