Now that the clocks have gone back and darker evenings are closing in, Thames Valley Police has seen an increase in the number of residential burglaries taking place during the late afternoon and early evening across the Wokingham area. Please be vigilant during the late afternoons and early evenings and report any suspicious people and vehicles in the area. Don’t hesitate to contact the Police on 999 if you see or hear a burglary occurring.

Make your home look occupied at all times. In your absence, lights can be switched on and off by plug in timer sockets or light bulbs with built in light sensors. Alternatively, there are an increasing number of WiFi connective smart systems that enable you to control your lights, central heating and more via a smartphone app from anywhere at any time. If your neighbour has a spare car, ask them to park it on your drive to make it appear that someone is home.

Consider installing a video doorbell system and motion activated lighting to deter intruders as they won’t want to be visible to your neighbours or passing traffic.

Leaving your home checklist
Here’s what we recommend you do before you go out:
• close and double lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
• make sure any valuables are out of sight
• keep handbags away from letterboxes or cat flaps and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
• never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
• in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
• if you’re out all day, it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
• set your burglar alarm
• make sure all gates are locked
• lock your shed or garage and lock your bike inside to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor
• consider purchasing a home CCTV or video doorbell system
• don’t post on social media that you are away from your home

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