Operation Arctic - Tackling winter time burglary
Operation Arctic kicks off this month and will focus on tackling and raising awareness of winter time burglary.
The operation will run until February 2014 to combat burglaries and target those who commit these crimes during the darker winter months. As the darker nights are drawing in and the clocks go back on Sunday, it is important to think about following these simple steps to help to prevent your home from becoming the next target by opportunist criminals:
- Using timer switches help to give the impression that your home is occupied.
- Register your valuables on www.immobilise.com. Its free and takes just a few minutes and if your valuables are stolen, will allow you to tell the police, your insurer, and the second-hand trade to assist in recovering your property and catch the thief
- Ensure that desirable items such as I-pads, I-phones, laptops, PlayStations and jewellery are kept away from view so as not to attract attention.
- Invest in some additional locks for windows and back doors to improve security, remember if you have a UPVC door make sure you have double locked it, and turn the key in the door whilst in the house.
- A burglar alarm is still one of the best deterrents.
- If you see anyone acting suspiciously around a property or outbuilding please report this to the police via the 101 number.
- If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
Thames Valley Police and Aylesbury District Council are supporting this initiative.