Residents urged to prevent home burglary as lockdown eases
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People across Staffordshire are being urged to protect their homes and their valuables from opportunistic thieves as the nation approaches the end of the latest coronavirus lockdown.
It comes as, in the last 12 months, the reported number of home burglaries in Staffordshire has reduced by 26 percent overall, in part due to the impact of the pandemic restrictions.
Since a new force-wide burglary residential response process was introduced on 1 March last year, officers have continued to prioritise this type of crime; attending incidents, monitoring trends and launching distinct investigations.
As a result, in September last year, officers attended 97 percent of all reported home burglaries, with an increase in the number of positive outcomes recorded.
East Staffordshire has seen the highest reduction rate in reported instances, with 190 home burglaries reported, down 39 percent on the previous year, closely followed by Newcastle which saw a 36 percent decrease.
A total of 48 percent of victims said they felt more confident in the police after officers supported them following the burglary of their homes.
But, as we look to leave our homes more frequently as restrictions ease, it is more important than ever to make sure our homes are left safe and secure.
Closing and locking all your windows and doors before you leave the property
Double lock front and back doors
Make sure valuables are out of sight including car keys, handbags and important documents
In the evening, shut blinds and/or curtains and leave a light on
Use a timer to activate lights and/or the radio if you’re out of the property all day
Ensure garages, bikes and side gates are all locked securely
Set a burglar alarm.
Chief Inspector Giles Parsons, who is the force lead on residential burglary, said: “We understand the impact someone breaking into your home can have on the whole family, that is why we are committed to pursuing every opportunity to catch and convict those responsible.
“But, I would urge people to continue to maintain and maximise their home security in order to reduce the likelihood of them being a victim of this type of crime.”