Croydon News Autumn anti-burglary campaign launched

02 October 2012

Help yourself by keeping your home locked up and your valuables hidden from burglars.

Police in Croydon are urging homeowners and tenants to take simple steps to guard against the risk of being targeted by burglars this winter.

As evenings get darker, burglars are on the prowl for valuables and cash, recognising that homes tend to be getting ready for seasonal celebrations and may have gifts and items around and on display.

"Don't let your home become a target. Help us to help you to protect your home."

During this period, properties remain in darkness for much longer periods which make them easier to target, especially if there are no obvious signs there is anyone home.

Police in Croydon and across London are using the campaign to call on Londoners to take simple steps to secure their home from burglars, urging homeowners and tenants to follow crime prevention advice and make their home one to avoid.

Advice to Londoners includes:

  • Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
  • Make sure you do not leave your car keys, valuables or ID documents near a door, letterbox or window.
  • Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home
  • Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name.

Detective Superintendent Simon Messinger, Croydon police said:

"Being burgled is a distressing experience and the memory of the offence can have a lasting effect. The Met takes burglary seriously - we want people to feel safe in their homes and in their communities and we committed to catching burglars and car thieves. We will use all methods and technology available to us to do so.

“We are also determined to raise people's awareness of security and help stop burglary from happening in the first place. Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunist crime, with burglaries often resulting from insecure premises.

"A burglar will select their target because it offers them the best opportunity to carry out their crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in their way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.

"Don't let your home become a target. Help us to help you to protect your home by taking simple steps such as using timers to turn lights and radios on; fitting alarms; making sure homes are locked before going out and keeping valuables out of view.

"I urge Croydon residents to find out more by visiting our crime prevention pages here on this website."

Safer Neighbourhoods Teams are also available to advise local residents about the security of their property.

For more crime prevention tips and advice on how to make your home secure visit our crime prevention pages on this website (link on right of page) or contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team. In an emergency, always dial 999.