Mon 30 November 2020

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Burglaries are put into two general category, one covering dwellings and the other non-dwellings. 

In Bideford area we do not get many dwelling burglaries but they do occur.

In roughly 50% of burglaries properties have been left insecure by doors & windows left open.

Most burglaries can be described as “Opportunity Crimes” were criminals try doors and get lucky.

Detection rate in our area is better than average.


Dwelling Burglary.
This covers burglaries to dwellings such as houses, flats and  bungalows.

Burglary to Buildings not Dwellings.
This covers burglaries to buildings non-dwellings, garages, outhouses, greenhouses, sheds, shops, schools, factories and industrial units.  These are often easier targets due to the fact that they are not manned 24/7 and are often in isolated areas.  A great amount of money is spent on the security of these places including CCTV, lighting, devices, dogs and Security Guards.  Some sheds, private garages and other units are difficult to secure due to their construction.

Deal with your security at once and do not wait to become a victim.
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Top tips to secure your home.

1. Doors. Keep doors locked even when you are home or in the back garden. Take keys out of locks as a burglar could reach through a letterbox or cat flap.
2. Alarm. Install a burglar alarm. Make sure all household members know how to work the alarm and use it daily.
3. Windows. Close and lock them. Use lights on timer switches when you are away to make your home appear occupied.
4. Paths. Consider having a gravel path/driveway as it makes anyone approaching the house easier to hear.
5. Shed. Lock the shed and secure tools and ladders inside, ideally hidden from external view. Fit an alarmed lock and do not leave equipment accessible that can be used to break in your house.
6. Fencing. Put up high fences or plant prickly bushes that would be difficult to climb over.
7. Gates. Make sure gates cannot be climbed over and secure them with appropriate locks. Secure the gate on the hinge side so it cannot be lifted off.
8. Mail/Milk/Curtains. When away ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home, collect your mail, newspaper and milk so it does not pile up at your front door and draw the curtains.
9. Driveway. Park your car on the driveway or road in front of your house to show someone is home. If going away ask a neighbour to park there.
10. Outside Lighting. Install lights outside to light pathways at nights. Security lights are good

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Additional information.

Fit strong locks to external doors and windows that meet insurance requirements.

Do not leave keys in window or door locks. Keep keys, including car keys, out of sight and in a safe place.

Mark your property.
Marking your property with your postcode, house number or house name makes your property traceable and deters criminals. You can register your property free of charge at  It is a good idea to take a photograph of your most valuable items.

Social Media.
Don’t advertise you are away by posting it on social media. Burglars use these networks too.

Burglars hot property list.

Computers   Laptops   Purses    Wallets

Electrical Equipment Money    Mobile phones  Jewellery

TV’s    Ipods    Credit Cards   Car Keys

The average cost of a burglary to a homeowner in Devon and Cornwall is over £1,000.

Help prevent your home from being burgled by taking precautions.

It is no good being wise after the event, take action first.

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Top tips to secure your building.

• Fit good quality locks and bolts to doors and windows.
• Provide a top quality burglar alarm.
• Security Cameras are a good deterrent.
• Fit grilles or mesh to windows.
• Do not leave ladders or other items that can be used to break into buildings around.
• Security lighting can be used to deter burglars.
• Mark any valuable equipment appropriately and keep a record of items.
• In cases of isolated buildings visit them regularly.
• Erect warning notices and visual security items.
• In respect of expensive electrical equipment and tools can they stored in a safer place.
• Keep all valuables out of sight so they cannot be seen through windows.
• Photographs of items can help when making Insurance claims.
• If keys are left in buildings to other areas make sure they are not visible and secure.
• Do not leave any items around that can be used to transport your goods.

All this is common sense so why are we not doing it?
It is better to take the right precautions now than regret it later.
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                        Tom Carrick 20.02.2015.