It Only Takes a Minute - Autumn / Winter 2013 Burglary Campaign
Burglary continues to be a major issue and priority for the Force and now that Autumn has arrived and the evenings are getting darker earlier - this often leads to an increase in burglaries in the county.
The Force has re-launched an Autumn / Winter anti burglary marketing campaign, which will run from the end of September to the end of January, to encourage everyone to think about their home security.
The campaign is titled ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ as it only takes a minute to lock your doors and windows but it is also the same amount of time that it could take a burglar to enter your house and steal your belongings.
The key messages of the campaign are:
- The end of summer and onset of Autumn / Winter meaning dark nights are approaching.
- Traditionally there is an increase in burglary throughout the Autumn and Winter months.
- It only takes a minute to lock your doors and windows to secure your home.
- It only takes a minute to hide valuables out of view.
- It only takes a minute for a burglar to enter your property and steal valuable belongings if your doors or windows are unlocked.
- You should keep doors and windows locked, even when you are in the house and when you get home. Try to change your habit if you don’t lock your door behind you.
- Door chimes, burglar alarms and CCTV will deter a burglar from entering your property.
- Check that existing security, such as alarms and external lights, are working and use them to protect your home.
- Being a victim of burglary can have both emotional and financial effects. High value goods are costly to replace if stolen, and items such as phones and cameras often hold information with sentimental value such as photos, which cannot be replaced.
- Many insurance companies will not pay out if your home has been burgled while insecure.
- Don’t leave garden tools or furniture outside, as they can be used by burglars to enter your property.
- Dispose of packaging for expensive items properly; don’t advertise what is in your house.
- Consider downloading free tracking software for items such as laptops or mobile phones.
- Mark your property and register it at www.immobilise.com
Monday, 14th October, 2013
Burglary Campaign Launched Early
Police have launched their autumn burglary campaign early by asking householders to lock up and light up now as the dark nights are drawing in.
In a new Police video to promote West Yorkshire Police’s 'Light Up, Lock Up, Be Secure' campaign, Chief Inspector Mark McManus tells the public that burglary rates often spike at this time of year as opportunist thieves look for houses left in darkness. Read more at : https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/news/burglary-campaign-launched-early-reduce-burglary
Thursday, 19th September, 2013
PCSO Points out Potential Burglary Targets in Bradford
A Bradford PCSO has gone on film to point out homes that are at an increased risk of burglary as part of West Yorkshire Police's 'It only Takes a Minute' anti-burglary campaign. Read more here http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/news/pcso-points-out-potential-burglary-targets-bradford
Watch an interview with a victim of a sneak in burglary - where he talks about his experience and feelings about being burgled.
Areas with high student populations, such as Woodhouse, Hyde Park and Headingley in Leeds, have been some of the worst for burglary primarily because thieves know student houses are likely to contain multiple laptops, smartphones and other portable gadgets.
Student burglary victims in Leeds have spoken about their experiences on film as part of a campaign to encourage their peers to tighten up their security.
Watch the video below: