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Spring crime prevention advice

Alert message sent 01/04/2021 13:13:00

Information sent on behalf of Durham Constabulary

Spring is here!

As we move into spring and the weather starts to get warmer people are more likely to spend time in their gardens and leave their doors and windows open. Walk-in burglaries do increase during this time, so don’t be complacent.

Here’s some useful advice, to keep your garden and property safe this spring.

• If you are out enjoying your garden, remember to shut and lock all windows and doors on the front of your property. If you cannot see the door or window, then it should be shut and locked.

• If you are away from home, make your house look occupied, use a timer switch to operate lamps or a TV simulator and leave a radio on.

• Install LED dusk to dawn lighting to make sure that your garden, especially doorways, are well lit at night.

• Keep your garden fences in good repair and consider adding trellis to discourage anyone climbing over. Trellis fixed to the top of a fence is not only decorative but can provide extra protection as it is difficult to climb over, breaking easily and noisily.

• At the front lower fences, no higher than 1.2m (4ft) are preferable to high fences as they allow for a clear view over the top and don’t provide cover for anyone wishing to hide.

• At the rear and sides, taller fencing with a height of 1.8m (6ft) is recommended to prevent easy access.

• Prune any bushes or shrubs that block the view of your front garden as this could provide cover for anyone wishing to hide behind. It is recommended that you keep bushes and shrubs below 1 metre to allow good visibility.

• Planting prickly or barbed shrubbery along boundaries and fence lines acts as an effective natural barrier. Plants such as firethorn, climbing rose or hawthorn can be a powerful deterrent.

• Consider gravel driveways and paths, this will make sure you hear anyone approaching your property.

• Always put away gardening equipment, tools and furniture when you've finished using them.

• Keep your shed securely locked by using strong padlocks to BS EN 12320 standard. Use coach bolts or non-return screws to secure door hinges, hasp and staples.

• Check that your insurance covers the contents of your shed or outbuildings from theft.

If you have any queries regarding crime prevention, please contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on crimepreventionofficers@durham.police.uk
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Jess Fox (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Durham Constabulary)
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