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Slash would-be thieves 'window of opportunity' says crime charity

Solihull Editorial 25th Aug, 2023   0

RESIDENTS are being called on to slash the ‘window of opportunity’ for would-be thefts, robberies and burglaries across the West Midlands.

Charity Crimestoppers has raised the alarm after research revealed theft, robbery and burglary have increased last year in the region and has offered tips on what can be done to remain safe.

The charity the data shows there has been a 20 per cent rise in theft compared to the year ending March 202.

It added there has also been a 10 per cent rise in burglaries and an 11 per cent rise in robberies in the same time frame.

Crimestoppers warns that the risk of ‘walk-in’ burglaries, where burglars enter through already open windows or doors without needing to ‘break in’, is particularly prevalent during the summer months.

It added: “Criminals exploit the fact that during this period, we keep more doors and windows open and spend less time inside our homes.

“Even if you’re only going out for a few minutes, the advice is to check that all doors and windows are properly closed and locked.”

Alan Edwards, West Midlands regional manager at Crimestoppers, said: “The cost of theft, robbery and burglary is not just financially expensive, it can lead to longer lasting emotional trauma as well.

“Behind these terms lies financial hardship, shock, a loss of essential or sentimental items, along with fear and often injury.

“An item of sentimental value can never be replaced.

“We want to remind people across the West Midlands that they can reduce the window of opportunity for theft, robbery and burglary by remaining vigilant, ensuring valuables are not on display when in public and locking all windows and doors before leaving home.”

Crimestoppers has given out these top home security tips:

  1. Fit burglar alarms with flashing lights and sounders at the front and back of your property.
  2. Switch lights or a radio on when you go out.
  3.  Even if you’re only leaving for a few minutes, check that all doors and windows are properly closed and locked.
  4.  Make sure side and back gates are secure.
  5. Don’t leave garden tools outside, keep ladders out of sight – and ensure sheds, garages and outbuildings are locked.
  6. Fit tamper-proof automatic outside security lights.
  7. Even when you’re at home, try not to leave accessible windows open at night.
  8. If you’re going away on holiday, ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your home, take in any milk and newspaper deliveries, and park on your drive if you have one.
  9.  Don’t let yourself become a victim of a distraction burglary, where more than one person calls at your door, trying to dupe you into letting one caller in to burgle you whilst you are distracted by another one.



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