Walk in or Reach in Thefts During Warm Weather

Alert message sent 01/08/2022 11:08:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

During spells of warm weather, opportunist thieves may attempt ‘walk in’ or ‘reach in’ thefts at properties with insecure doors and windows.

Try to only leave windows open for ventilation when you are in the room and lock them when you leave the house and at night. Window opening restrictors can help you ventilate your home but make sure they cannot be picked and unlocked from the outside.

Do not leave windows open, even on upper floors, if they are next to a porch or flat garage roof which can be used to climb up.

If you are working in your garden, please secure any rear or side access doors. Opportunists will simply try the door and if unlocked, will enter and quickly search around for handbags or other items to steal.

Consider installing CCTV or a video doorbell. Many models will send an alert to your mobile phone when someone steps onto your property.

For further information and crime prevention advice, please visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk

Please contact us if you have any information relating to crime in your neighbourhood. Report online at www.thamesvalley.police.uk call us on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact “Crimestoppers” anonymously and free of charge on 0800 555 111. It is an independent charity, no personal details will be asked for, calls are not recorded or traced and you would not have to go to court.

Thank you.
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Karen Collins (Police, Admin/Co-ordinator, Wokingham)

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