More vigilance demanded by Dursley Police as break-ins rise
12:06pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
POLICE in Dursley are urging residents to be more vigilant with their home security after a spate of car and shed break-ins in the area.
And as the nights draw in, with a historic rise in these types of incidents during the autumn and winter months, police officers from Dursley Police Station want to meet the challenge head on.
PCSO Josh Griffiths spoke to the Gazette about the push to make homeowners for more aware of the problem and to get across the message of prevention.
“A lot of cars are being broken into and quite a few sheds and it is often because people are leaving things insecure,” he said.
“Another problem is people are not reporting suspicious incidences. It’s that frame of mind of worrying about whether you are wasting police time that we want to change.
“We’d rather go to a false alarm at three in the morning then turn up after the crime has happened. If you record a crime in the community, there’s greater effects for all.”
The police community support officer added that people should not be afraid of using 999 if the crime is happening there and then.
He is also encouraging the formation of neighbourhood watch programmes for specific streets or areas of the town.
Once you have registered to the scheme, the police will send out packs to you to distribute around your neighbourhood.
Dursley Police are also offering various pieces of security equipment at not-for-profit prices, which are available at the station in Sandpits.
Advice being offered includes leaving a light on in the house or fitting timers to your lights, as well as having adequate security lighting around the home.
It is also suggested that strong and secure locks are fitted to doors, windows and gates leading to the rear of properties.
Marking all available property with either an ultra-violet pen or forensic marking kit is also encouraged, as it makes it easier to reunite victims with their possessions.
Chief inspector Andy Poole said it was a time when, if people took personal responsibility or communities pull together, police see early arrests of suspects.
"I would encourage all residents to watch out for suspicious behaviour, perhaps as being part of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme,” he said.
“Remember the sooner we catch the burglar, the fewer victims there will be."
For crime prevention advice regarding your property, or for Neighbourhood Watch information, contact PCSO Griffiths on 101, or email him at Joshua.email@example.com
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