Burglaries in the East Oxford
Thames Valley Police is urging residents to ensure their homes are locked and to be extra vigilant following a rise in burglaries in the East Oxford area.
In the past week there have been seven burglaries, three have occurred in St Clements, one in Hurst Street, one in Bartlemas Road, one in Cowley Road and one in Divinity Road.
The burglaries are occurring overnight into the early hours of the morning with the offender/s forcing entry through a window on the ground floor or the first floor.
The Police are carrying out high visibility patrols in the area between 8pm and 6am.
If you see anything suspicious or witness a burglary in action please call Thames Valley Police immediately on 999 or in a non-emergency call on 101.
Please double check that windows and doors are closed and locked when you go out or retire for the night.
Crime Prevention Advice:
You can greatly reduce your risk of burglary by taking a few simple security measures to help make your property less attractive to thieves.
Most burglars are opportunists and target homes and businesses that offer the least risk of being caught.
Keep your home safe and secure
- keep front and back doors locked, even when you’re at home
- install a burglar alarm with a visible alarm box
- fit a door chain and spyhole for extra security
- keep all valuables and keys out of sight and out of reach of doors and windows
- store high value items in a hidden safe
- mark your belongings and register them for free with Immobilise
- fit energy efficient security lighting
- don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats or plant pots
- keep items that could be used to break into your property such as ladders, tools and wheelie bins stored safely away
- lock side gates to prevent easy access to the rear of the property
- check fencing regularly to keep it in good repair
- use pea shingle on driveways or under windows, as it crunches loudly when stepped on
- trim overgrown hedges and plants to remove hiding places and improve surveillance
- use a timer switch to make your house look occupied, even when it isn’t
- consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme