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Force issues advice ahead of clocks changing

Alert message sent 20/10/2020 12:49:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

We are reminding the public of important home security advice ahead of the clocks going back this weekend (Sunday 25th October).

As we go into the Winter season, there are some simple steps that you can take to protect your home at night, and during the day when it may be unoccupied.

- Use your lights at home - keep them on a timer when you are out so it looks like someone is home.
- Make sure all doors on your house and vehicle are securely locked at all times. If you have a UPVC door at home, make sure it is double locked.
- Keep all valuables and keys safely out of sight from windows, both in your home and car. Close curtains with a light on indoors.
- Never leave garages or sheds unlocked - not only can valuable tools be appealing to thieves, they can also be used to force entry to your home.
- Don't hide your keys under a doormat or in a flowerpot - it's the first place a would-be offender will look.
- Ask a friend to keep an eye on your house when you go away, and do the same for neighbours by remaining alert to suspicious activity in your street.
- If you spot someone behaving suspiciously, contact police immediately.
- Don't forget to security mark your property and register it on www.immobilise.com

Call 101 to report an incident, or 999 if a crime is in progress.

You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. To join or contact your local neighbourhood watch group, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk
Message sent by
Giovanna Traetto-Reynolds (Police, PCSO, OPERATION SENTINEL RURAL TEAM)

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