Eaton: Residential Burglary

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Dear Residents

Unfortunately there has been a residential Burglary today in Eaton between 15:00 and 16:00 on the Main Street. The offenders have broken a patio window with a brick to gain access. Whilst reports of Burglary are low for this area at present, the force generally sees a seasonal increase at this time of year.

Please take some time to have a look at our website for the latest crime prevention advice and spend some time checking your own security.

I have taken a small extract below, the website offers a lot more information.

If anyone can recall seeing any suspicious activity in Eaton please call 101 quoting ref 2*569629. I will be out of the office for the next 3 days.

Kind Regards

PCSO Claire Gray 6541
Melton Rural North

Whenever you go out, it’s important to leave your home secure. Getting into an ‘exit routine’ can help ensure that you don’t forget obvious, but important things, like not leaving your valuables near windows, or no lights on if it will be dark before you get home. Here’s our quick reminder on what to do just before you go out.

Become a creature of habit

Try to get into the habit of following your own course of action when you lock up your home. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything.

Here’s what we recommend you do before you go out:
•close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
•double-lock any door
•make sure that any valuables are out of sight
•keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
•never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
•in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
•if you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
•set your burglar alarm
•make sure the side gate is locked
•lock your shed or garage
•lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor

Going away?

Here are five tips to help you keep your home and belongings stay safe while you’re away:
1.if you’re off on holiday and wish to post anything on social media, make sure your posts aren’t public and that they’re only seen by your friends
2.leave lights and a radio on a timer to make the property appear occupied
3.get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property or join a Neighbourhood or resident Watch Scheme
4.consider asking your neighbours to close curtains after dark and to park on your drive
5.remember to cancel newspaper and milk deliveries

Burglars tend to target windows as they generally offer easier access than doors. Take a good look at your windows from the outside and remove potential access points where you can. Are there walls, bins or garden furniture that could be used to reach windows? Check for tools or other items that can be used. For windows that are within reaching distance such as ground floors, see our tips below.

1. Laminated glass or security film is recommended for ground floor and accessible windows.

2. Sash stops prevent anyone opening the sash window enough to climb through.

3. Key operated locks are recommended for window types that open out, rather than up, and any ground floor or accessible windows. Remember, window locks are only effective if used, so check that you have locked them before you leave home or go to bed.

4. Window opening restrictors allow you to ventilate your home but make sure they can’t be picked and unlocked from outside.

If you’re replacing your windows, always consider a security accredited product as these windows are tested to British standards and are insurance approved. A good standard is PAS 24 2016.

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Claire Gray (Police, PCSO, Melton and Rutland)

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