Operation Castle anti-burglary advice for the dark winter nights
19 October 2012
Redbridge Police are three weeks into Operation Castle - our anti-burglary campaign for the winter months. We want to remind homeowners to take simple steps to guard against the risk of being targeted by burglars this winter.
As the evenings get darker, burglars may be out looking for homes to break in to. In the coming weeks our residents will be getting ready for seasonal celebrations and that means that they may have gifts and items around the house and on display.
"We take burglary seriously - we are passionately committed to catching burglars."
During this period, properties remain in darkness for much longer periods which makes them easier to target, especially if there are no obvious signs there is anyone home.
Redbridge Police do not want homeowners becoming victims of burglary.
We want to take this opportunity to remind residents of our crime prevention advice for the dark winter nights.
- 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.
DCI Stewart Hill said, “Being burgled is a distressing experience and the memory of the offence can have a lasting effect.
“Here at Redbridge we take burglary seriously - we want people to feel safe in their homes and we are passionately committed to catching burglars. We will use all methods and technology available to us to do so.”
DS Michael Dougall said, “We are also determined to raise people's awareness of security and help stop burglary from happening in the first place. Although burglary tends to be an opportunist crime, burglaries can result from insecure premises.”
Contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team for more crime prevention advice, and see our advice pages using the link on the right.