15 5 2020

Police are warning thieves are likely to take advantage of the lockdown relaxation to steal from properties, bursting the bubbles of residents enjoying new freedoms.

The warning comes from the Hamilton City Area Commander Inspector Andrea McBeth, sent out a reminder that “As we move into Alert Level 2, Hamilton Police would like to remind people to keep their property and valuables secure - even if you are at home.

“In the coming days, more people may be returning to work and children will be heading back to school as we make the transition from Alert Level 3 to Level 2.”

Inspector McBeth outlined some simple measures that to help keep property safe.

“Doors and windows left open provide a perfect opportunity for thieves to take items without being detected.  Even if you are at home, make sure your phone, wallet, keys, cash and other valuables are secure and out of sight.

“If you are working in the garden or away from your front door, make sure your home is secure.

“This is especially important for students and others in flatting or sharing situations.”

Bikes, sporting goods and outdoor equipment should be hidden as they were often easily seen from the roadside and were often popular for thieves.

Inspector McBeth also said it might pay to have a “household chat about locking-up to ensure that everyone knows what is required of them.”  The discussion could include keeping valuable items away from windows where passers-by could easily see them.

“Make sure your house is secure when you leave, and alarms are activated.”

Motorists should ensure their vehicles are locked as people started travelling more frequently to and from work.

Drivers should park their vehicles in well-lit areas and lock them when leaving them.

Inspector McBeth said it was also a time to keep security measures in mind while at work.

“Simple measures like these can help ensure a secure transition into Alert Level 2.”

To help keep homes and vehicles safe, Police offered the following advice:

  • Lock your doors and windows

  • Record the serial numbers of expensive electronic items and photograph these and other valuables

  • Keep valuables out of sight

  • Install an alarm system, and get sensor lights fitted

  • Keep garden sheds and garages locked when not in use

  • Keep hedges or plants around doors and windows well-trimmed, don't give the burglar a place to hide

  • Join or form a neighbourhood support group.

Call 111 if you see anything suspicious.

Further burglary prevention advice is available on the Police website.


Beware bubble-bursting burglars - Police warn

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