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Flintshire police issue warning after rise in burglaries

POLICE in Flintshire are warning residents to be on their guard after a rise in burglaries.

PC Hazel Goss MBE, of the Eastern Community Safety Department, said: “In recent weeks we have had a slight increase in the numbers of burglaries, including sheds and garages that have been broken into.

“Most of the crimes that have taken place have been due to occupiers leaving doors and windows unlocked, and leaving keys in windows or doors.

“Most crime is committed by opportunists and not securing your premises is assisting these types of criminals.”

She set out 10 top tips for home owners to prevent burglaries.

Always keep doors locked and remove keys. Place all keys in a key cupboard or a safe place so if there’s an emergency such as a fire you are able to get your keys and get out of the building safely. Car keys should also be put away securely.

Postcode all property using a UV marker pen or marking with a DNA coding system such as Smartwater. You can also register your valuables onto www.mythings.com/northwalespolice.

Never let unknown persons into your home, always check identification of callers and if in doubt keep them out.

Consider fitting a door viewer and door chain or bar.

Think about fitting window locks, especially to ground floor windows.

Good-quality deadlocks, certified to BS 3621, could be fitted to all exterior doors.

Use a burglar alarm, certified to BS EN 50131.

Consider fitting external security lighting in areas that are vulnerable. Solar PIR sensor security lights are now available, which don’t need any electric supply and are easy to fit.

Sheds and garages should always be kept locked and secure.

Joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme has proven to reduce crime in areas. For more information on how to join Neighbourhood Watch, call 01352 708118, email [email protected] or visit www.fnwa.org.uk.

South Flintshire inspector Martin Best said: “The top 10 tips will help deter criminals from committing these offences, which have a significant effect on the victims and community.”

If you have any information about a crime or see anything suspicious, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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