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Thames Valley Police encourage residents to ‘Spring into Action’ by taking steps to protect their home against burglary.

News   •   Apr 08, 2019 10:13 BST

Thames Valley Police has released a video to encourage residents to take steps to secure their home as part of a spring focus to tackle burglary.

Head of Force Intelligence and Special Operations at Thames Valley Police, Detective Chief Superintendent Richard List, said: “Burglary has a huge impact on victims. It’s not just the financial cost of having to replace items stolen, but the emotional impact of having a stranger violate your home.

“We find that people don’t often think about the effects of burglary until it happens to them, or someone they know. Jennifer and Sam were victims of burglary and have described how they were affected following the incident.

“The best way to review your security arrangements is to look at your property through the eyes of a burglar. Think about how you would you break in if you locked yourself out?

“Below are some quick practical steps that you can take straight away to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary:

  • Ensure doors and windows are locked, even if you are just out in the garden.
  • Store house, window and car keys away from windows and your letterbox.
  • Hide valuables so they can’t be seen from outside.
  • Mark your valuables with a UV pen or forensic marking kit as this will make it harder for thieves to sell the items.
  • Register valuables for free on the national property register at and bicycles at
  • Always lock sheds and garages to prevent access to tools that could be used to break into your home.
  • Trim back hedges and shrubs at the front of your property so that burglars have nowhere to hide.

“Thames Valley Police has produced a guide that contains a range of physical and digital security measures to protect your home. There is also advice on how to avoid invalidating your home insurance through poor security and a handy checklist when going away. To download your copy, visit and search ‘Home Security Guide’.”

Notes to editors

Dwelling residential burglaries within the Thames Valley have decreased by 1.9%* overall, between 1 March 2018 and 28 February 2019, when compared to the same period in the previous year. Although this is a reduction, we want to encourage residents to continue taking steps to improve their home security.

*On 1 April 2017 the Home Office changed how data was captured, changing the categories to Residential Burglary and Business and Commercial Burglary.

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