Now that the darker nights are upon us, Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes has started its three-month winter burglary operation to combat dwelling burglaries and target offenders during the winter months. Here are their crime prevention tips to help keep your home safe and secure:
Property should be uniquely marked with your house number and postcode.
Popular ways to do this include visible permanent marking such as painting, etching or CRE-mark, or forensic marking with DNA products. You should also photograph each item and make a note of its details, including any serial or model numbers. This is particularly important with jewellery and collector’s items.
You should also register your property on Immobilise. Anything with a serial number can be registered with Immobilise for free.
Marking your property makes it traceable and more difficult to sell on, making it less attractive to thieves. It also increases the chances of stolen property being reunited with its rightful owner if it’s recovered.
Residents in Milton Keynes can obtain localised information by following the Milton Keynes Twitter account @TVP_MK and looking out for #Op_Darknight.
For regular updates on crime and disorder in this area you can also sign up to Thames Valley Alert, and you can call the non-emergency number 101 and ask to speak to a Crime Reduction Advisor.
To report a crime in action, call 999 or to contact the police on the non-emergency line, please call 101. Please use this number to contact the Thames Valley Police if you have information about burglaries or criminal activity, on the 101. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call the Crimestoppers charity without providing your personal details on 0800 555 111.
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