Beat the burglar campaign

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 January 2015

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POLICE and council officers have teamed up to launch a campaign to keep people safe and try to beat the burglars this winter.

North Somerset Council and Avon and Somerset Constabulary are hoping the campaign will help to keep belongings safe, whether at home or while out shopping.

The police and council have launched several keep-safe campaigns already, such as Operation Tonic to crack down on drink-drivers and Operation Hamper, which aims to reduce rural crime such as livestock theft and farm shop burglaries. The council also launched its Don’t Be A Dick campaign – aimed at stopping binge drinking during the New Year’s celebrations.

But this year’s beat the burglar campaign is a joint effort and it includes an initiative in which council and police community support officers (PCSOs) are visiting hotspot crime areas and offering advice to residents whose homes appear to be at an increased risk from thieves.

The authority and the police force teamed up to offer top tips to try to beat the burglar, which include:

n Use a timer switch on your lighting and radios to make it look like you are in when you are out.

n Trim hedges and trees so thieves don’t have a hiding place.

n Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition and gates can be secured.

n Fit good quality deadlocks to outside doors and ensure you have locks on ground floor windows.

n Make sure you lock all doors and windows when leaving the house or going to bed.

n Keep ladders and tools stored safely away.

n Make sure all valuable items are kept out of view and not left by your front door.

You can also join your local neighbourhood watch scheme – you can find out more information about these at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

There is also more information about the campaign and videos from officers with genuine stories about drink-driving and domestic violence.

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