Police patrol to tackle summer burglary

Inspector James Davies, Buckingham. 130814M-C088 ENGPNL00120130814143951
Inspector James Davies, Buckingham. 130814M-C088 ENGPNL00120130814143951

Police will be taking part in a walkabout to offer crime prevention advice on Thursday.

Aylesbury Vale’s policing team is carrying out 30 days of action to tackle domestic burglary during the summer season.

This involves proactive patrols by senior officers and crime prevention and reduction events.

The neighbourhood team will be going walkabout in Padbury from 10am, then move on to Great Horwood from 11am to noon, accompanied by representatives of the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust.

The team will then return to Buckingham and continue its patrol near the town’s housing estates, offering crime prevention advice.

The 30 days of action runs until July 8.

The Buckingham neighbourhood team is asking residents to consider the following summer time burglary crime prevention advice:

•Ensure windows and doors are closed and locked when you are out. Don’t leave small windows open believing them to be safe.

•If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors so they cannot be fully opened, or make sure they are not large enough to allow access to a burglar.

•When out in your garden, ensure that windows and doors to the front of the house are secure. It only takes a second for someone to get into your home and take things without you noticing.

•Do not leave valuables on display in front of windows or in reach of open windows or doors.

•Ensure that all barbecue and garden equipment and tools are securely locked up in a shed and out of sight. Tools can be used by the potential offender to break in to your home.

•Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible alarm to help deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in garden beds can help.

•Don’t leave any keys near entry points where they can be ‘fished’ or ‘hooked’ out through the window, letter box or cat flap.

•Ensure any internal handle operated locks on UPVC doors are fully secured with a key.

Insp James Davies, said: “In addition to normal policing activities, we are currently running the 30 days of action in our area, which involves proactive patrols by senior officers and this increased visible police presence acts as deterrent to any criminal activity.

“We also aim to raise awareness of summertime burglary and are working in partnership with Aylesbury Vale District Council to give local residents vital crime prevention advice, to reduce the chance of them becoming victims of crime during the summer period.

“Please do come along to our burglary crime prevention and reduction walkabout patrols.

“This is an ideal occasion to meet our neighbourhood officers and raise your concerns, receive advice and information.”