Burglaries often increase during the Summer months, when burglars take advantage of doors and windows being left open.
However, crime prevention doesn't have to cost a lot of money - taking simple measures such as locking your doors and windows, not leaving valuables on display and using your alarm can significantly reduce your chances of being a victim.
Here's some simple steps that everyone can take to improve their home security : -
- Always lock your doors and windows even when you’re at home
- Always take the key out of the lock and keep it in a safe place - do not leave keys in reach of the letterbox, a cat flap, or on view through a window.
- Make sure items such as car keys, laptops, tablets, phones and cash cannot be seen through a window.
- Do not leave power cables or charger units for laptops and tablets plugged in and on show.
- If you are out, try to make your home look occupied by using a timer switch to control lights.
- Make sure Euro cylinder locks have achieved - TS 007 (3 star rating) or Sold Secure Diamond Standard for lock cylinders (SS312).
- If you have a burglar alarm always remember to switch it on when you leave the house or when you go to bed.
- Why not start a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area?
The Force’s latest burglary prevention campaign uses a twist on a popular game with notes stuck to people's heads as a reminder of simple measures they can take to prevent burglary.
2017 Autumn / Winter Anti Burglary Campaign - YouTube Videos
West Yorkshire Victim Speaks Out in Support of Burglary Campaign
YouTube Videos (2016 Autumn/Winter Campaign)
To prove how easy the messages are primary school children have helped get the message across. Short video clips feature the children acting as mini Police Officers writing a simple message on a sticky note, sticking it to their heads and telling those watching what they should be doing to help prevent burglaries.
The YouTube videos will be released daily, starring local West Yorkshire school children showing how easy the messages are to remember.
"Check your locks!"
"Move the garden tools!"
"Switch your alarm on!"
"Move your keys!"
"Leave a light on!"
"Shut your windows!"
"Hide your laptop!"
"Lock your doors!"
Local West Yorkshire Cubs have helped out with our Forgotten Something campaign, recording useful crime prevention tips.
Forgotten Something? - "Be careful what you post on line"
Forgotten Something? - "Set your alarm"
Forgotten Something? - "Hide Your Valuables"
Forgotten Someting? - "Close Your Windows"
Forgotten Something? - "Lock the door"
For more advice please contact your local Crime Prevention Officer by email or call 101.
If you are deaf or speech impaired use Text Phone 07786 200 200 or Type Talk 18001 101.
If a crime is in progress or there is a danger to life, call 999.