Burglary (or 'breaking and entering' as it’s sometimes known) is one of the most common types of crime.
Around half a million burglaries take place in England and Wales each year and, although incidents have been decreasing in recent years, it remains a serious and very common crime that affects huge numbers of people.
We're running an anti-burglary campaign in the 'Golden Triangle' area of Loughborough. Between 2014 and 2016 in this area, there was an increase of more than 100% in the number of burglaries taking place in the last four months of the year; which of course includes Christmas-time, a very busy period for burglaries.
Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are some small, simple steps that you can take to help make your home more secure.
Before you go out:
- Switch on your light timer device
- Set your burglar alarm
- Lock all your windows and doors
- Put expensive items out of view
- Mark valuables with your postcode and house number
- Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your home if you're away
- Cut up branded boxes for recycling, don't leave them on show by your bin
When you're out and about:
- Keep shopping and gifts out of view, especially in your car
- Don't post your whereabouts on social media
- Make it look like someone is at home
If you have information relating to burglary, stolen goods, or have noticed anything strange in your community call us anonymously on 0800 555 111 - alternatively, you can give us information online. You will not be asked to reveal your name or any personal details.
Remember - if you suspect a burglary is in progress, call 999.