Ten ways to beat the burglars

… as recommended by the local police

1. When you go out, always close and lock the external doors and windows – even if you are just going out for a short time.

2. Try to get into the habit of double-checking window and door locks when you are going to bed too. Have you turned the key on doors that may have been unlocked during the day?

3. Be careful with keys. Make sure you all know how to get out in case of fire, but be careful not leave keys, including spares, near the door or where they could be reached from outside. And try not to leave them in a garage or under a flowerpot!

4. Installing new doors or windows? Make sure that they are certified to the appropriate British Standard (BS). The standard for windows is BS7950 and the standard for doors is PAS 24

5. Put burglars off, Burglar alarms that are visible, good home lighting and security in the right place can put burglars off. Make sure that lights don’t disturb your neighbours and that burglar alarms turn off after 20 minutes.

6. Use timers for lights and radios if you need to be away from home overnight or when you are on holiday. They will create the impression that someone is in.

7. Visible burglar alarms, good lighting and carefully directed security lighting can put burglars off. But make sure that the lights don’t disturb your neighbours and that alarms turn off after 20 minutes.

8. Fences at the back of the house may make this area more secure but walls and solid fencing may let a thief break in without being seen. A good compromise is chain-link fencing or trellis with prickly shrubs.

9. Fitting a ‘spy hole’ allows you to see who is at the door. A door chain lets you open the door a little way to talk to the caller.

10. Never leave garages or sheds unlocked, especially if they connect to your property.

Vehicle thefts in Queen Edith’s

The South Cambridge Neighbourhood police report just one burglary in Queen Edith’s in the past week: burglars broke into a shed in Long Road last Wednesday and used tools to jemmy open a side window leading to the kitchen. Property was stolen, including valuables and a vehicle.

There have been two thefts of motor vehicles in the Cavendish Avenue area.

Domestic burglary is a police priority, as set at the recent South Area meeting on 16th July, and police have spent over 50 hours patrolling in Cherry Hinton and Queen Edith’s to deter burglars, in line with the policing priority.

If you wish to contact the neighbourhood policing team, ring them on the police non-emergency number, 101, or 999 for emergencies. To receive regular updates from the police, sign up for e-cops for their local newsletter covering the south of Cambridge.

If you would like to comment on police priorities, please get in touch with me or any other member of the Focus Team.

Seven days, three burglaries

The neighbourhood police report a crime spree in Queen Edith’s, with three domestic burglaries between 11th and 18th July. Sincere sympathies to the people affected. Burglary takes away more than just the goods stolen, and police have just set a new priority of focusing on domestic burglaries in the south of the city – see previous post on police priorities for the coming four months.

Curiously, the criminals concentrated on the streets beginning with ‘G’. Is it fanciful to think those of us in streets beginning with H should be especially vigilant this week?

I am copying the information the police have just put out on e-cops:

GLEBE ROAD/07 19:15 – 20:00     Unknown person(s) have gained entry to a multi occupancy house via an insecure front door whilst residents were in, offenders have made their way up to converted loft bedroom and thrown a wallet containing cash out of the window onto a driveway at the side of the house before exi XBOX 360 and games were taken.

Gunhild Way     18/07 12:00 – 14:30

Unknown person(s) have gained to the house via front door causing no damage. Untidy search of all rooms, jewellery and a large quantity of money taken. Rear kitchen window opened.

Bikes have been stolen too, including Blinco Grove and Hills Road. Police recommend registering on Immobilise, a national scheme which allows you to register your valuables for free (anything with a serial number).

If you wish to contact the neighbourhood policing team, ring them on the police non-emergency number, 101, or 999 for emergencies. To receive regular updates from the police, sign up for e-cops for their local newsletter covering the south of Cambridge.

If you would like to comment on police priorities, please get in touch with me or any other member of the Focus Team.