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Crime in Allerdale - a message from your Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Cumbria Police are urging householders to keep doors and windows locked to prevent 'sneak-in' thefts.

Recently there have been a few sneak-in burglaries at homes in Allerdale and one has been in the Tallentire area. 

Offenders have entered houses by insecure doors and windows and have stolen property including handbags, cash, mobile phones, laptops, jewellery and keys.

Most have happened in houses where doors have been left unlocked or windows open. In some cases occupants have been at home but unaware of the burglary until later.

It would appear that some offenders are wandering the streets looking for insecure doors and windows. Nationally, over 40% of domestic burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves taking advantage of open or unlocked doors and windows.

Crime levels have fallen recently and dwelling burglary remains a relatively rare crime, but there are still some thieves out there looking for easy opportunities.

The good news is that by taking a few basic precautions, homeowners can reduce the chances of becoming a victim.

Crime prevention tips

  • Whenever possible keep your doors locked and windows closed, especially if you are upstairs, or in another part of the house, or in the garden. Also we encourage people to fit, and most importantly use, good locks on ground floor and accessible windows.

  • Remember to lock up even if you are only going out for a couple of minutes - that is all the time a thief needs.

  • Before going to bed, close all ground floor and accessible windows and remember to lock all of your doaors

  • It is worth remembering that most household insurance policies do not cover the theft of property from within a home that has been left insecure.

  • Postcode all types of property to deter thieves and improve the chances of tracing the stolen items. 'Postcoding' can be done with ultra-violet marker pens, engraving, stamping or even paint. Property can also be made identifiable by other unique systems, such as 'Smartwater'. Further details are available at www.smartwater.com or from your local Neighbourhood Police Officer or Crime Prevention Officer.

  • If you have an intruder alarm - use it. Set it at night to protect vulnerable zones.

Report anything suspicious

Please let us know as soon as possible if you see anyone behaving suspiciously; many criminals are apprehended due to information from members of the public. Simply telephone 101, or if a crime is in progress, 999. If you have information regarding crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You will not be asked for your name.

Inspector, Allerdale Neighbourhood Policing Team

 

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