Police in Skegness have issued crime prevention advice after a spate of burglaries in and around the town.
The advice was issued yesterday (Wednesday) by the Skegness Neighbourhood Policing Team.
PCSO Dave Bunker said: “We have recently had a number of reports of burglary in the Skegness area. “[Here is]some crime prevention advice which I hope may assist householders to make their properties more secure.”
The advice includes making sure you always close and lock external doors and windows when you go out, even for just a short time, and also make sure you keep valuables out of sight.
You should also keep spare keys safe and out of sight. If you don’t then would-be offenders could not only break into your property but could also steal your car.
PCSO Bunker continued: “Visible burglar alarms, good lighting and carefully directed security lighting can put a burglar off. Remember, less darks spots means less hiding places for someone not wishing to be seen.
“Never leave garages or sheds unlocked. Your tools inside could prove to be very useful to a would-be offender who wants to gain access to your property.
“Ensure that your garden is just as secure as your home itself. Do not leave anything of value such as bikes; children’s play equipment or gardening tools on full view. Make sure that they are locked away and out of sight when not in use.
“If you are going away on holiday, remember to cancel milk deliveries etc. Ask a responsible neighbour to make sure that any post that is delivered is pushed right through the letterbox.
“Ensure that all windows and doors are locked. Use timer switches for lights and radios, as they will create the impression that someone is in.
“Any plants, trees or bushes need to be well maintained if they are at the front of your property. This is so that they provide natural surveillance for you as the homeowner and to also ensure that would be offenders cannot use overgrown trees etc as climbing aids or hiding places.
“Always keep gates locked when not in use. Easy access to a property is often the trigger that makes a property an attractive target. Don’t make it easy for them!
“An intruder alarm installed and used properly can deter the burglar. Seek expert advice when installing an alarm and ensure that they are members of the Security Systems Inspectorate Body (UK AS- United Kingdom Accreditation Service) as they fit British Standards (BS 4737) (EN 50131).
“Property marking is an effective way of deterring thieves. By marking things such as electrical goods with your postcode and house number, this reduces the opportunity for thieves to sell the goods on.
“Property marking also increases the chances of returning your goods, if you happen to become a burglary victim,” he added.