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From a police perspective: Your home – keep it safe while you are away

With the holiday period approaching, our column this month goes over the best tips and tricks to keep your home safe whilst you are away.

Now is a good time to remind people not to make their homes an easy target for burglars. As the temperatures rise people tend to open windows, doors and leave their garden gates unlocked, which can provide opportunities for burglars.

Whilst burglaries in the Goole area have remained around the same levels compared to last year (up 2.6%), there is often an increase during the summer holidays when people go away and homes are left empty.

So how can you keep your home and property safe?
Don’t make it obvious to burglars you are away; leave your curtains or blinds open – nothing reveals that a house is unoccupied so much as curtains drawn during the day. If possible ask a trusted neighbour to close your curtains in the evening, and hanging a pair of thick net curtains when you go on holiday will make it harder for the opportunist to see inside and decide whether you have anything they want to steal.

Again a trusted neighbour collecting your post and possibly parking their car on your drive while you are away will add to your security.

Security around the home
Make sure you use a burglar alarm (if you have one) every time you leave the house. Do not leave valuables on view or on window sills and keep your car keys hidden out of sight – consider taking them up to bed with you at night. If you conceal valuables in your home, avoid obvious hiding places such as your sock drawer or in the bottom of a wardrobe.

If your property is stolen make sure you can describe it to the police by keeping a record and photographs of makes, models and unique serial numbers etc. You can also register all your details on immobilise.com. This is a web-based property records system, endorsed and searchable by all UK Police Forces and secondhand dealers.

What should I do if I see something suspicious?
To report anything to the police ring 101, if it’s a crime in progress then use 999. You can give information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They won’t ask your name, just what you know and you could assist with helping to make your neighbourhood a safer and more secure place to live.

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