Advice issued by police after spike in house burglaries in Maidenhead

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James Preston

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Advice issued by police after spike in house burglaries in Maidenhead

A house crime warning has been issued in Maidenhead after a big increase in burglaries in the first week of June.

Thames Valley Police is reminding residents to secure their homes after the number of house burglaries more than doubled over the past week when compared with the whole of May.

Police are investigating 13 incidents in the town and have issued the following advice in response:

  • As the weather improves, make sure you don't leave ground floor windows or doors open unless you are in room.
  • Secure all doors and windows when leaving the room.
  • Don’t leave valuables in clear sight from outside your home.
  • Any keys (vehicle or home) should be out of sight and some distance from a window or door.
  • Ensure that any side entrance is secure, locked and not easy to climb over, even when you’re at home.
  • Stop and check your properties security, when leaving everyday including setting a timed light if returning after dark.
  • Register high end valuables on online property database Immobilise at www.immobilise.com

Crime Co-ordinator Nick Mainprice from Maidenhead Local CID said: “Spikes in the numbers of offences like we have seen this month, serve as a timely reminder that home security is a year round concern.

“Somebody minded to commit a burglary doesn’t need more than an unattended open window by way of invitation. Simple steps by home owners, stops them becoming a victim.

“As always, we would ask that, if you see anyone acting suspiciously please contact the police by calling 101. In an emergency dial 999.”

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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