Thursday, February 17, 2011

Burglaries in Kensington and Fairfield

We have seen an increase in the number of House Burglaries since the start of this year, there were 6 burglaries in Lister Road, Edge Lane, Laburnum Rd, West Bank Road, Anglezark Rd and Fell Street. The majority have been via the rear of the premises, particularly from the rear alleyway, and small items such as cash, cameras, Laptops and jewellery are being stolen.

There have also been incidents in Hampstead Road,
Fairfield Crescent, Newsham Drive and Radstock Road.

Sergeant Simon Joyce has sent the councillors a copy of a letter sent to residents in the immediate area by the police, and he has encouraged us to share this information with the wider community.

Most domestic burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves, who pick a house that looks unoccupied, has little or no obvious security, and where they think they will not be seen.

It is often a 'spur of the moment' decision, made when an easy target presents itself, such as an open door or window, or valuables being left on display. If you take the time to assess the security of your home, follow the advice provided and take positive action, you will greatly reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Protect your Property - Record Serial Numbers and mark with a UV Pen.

Most electrical items have a serial number, this is very important to the police when examining any suspect items. Take the time to record the details on paper and keep it safe. Mobile phones have their own unique serial number known as an IMEI number. This can be located by entering the following code on your keypad *#06# this will automatically display number which you can provide to the police and your phone provider.

On request the police can provide you FREE of charge with a UV pen to mark all of your valuables with your postcode, this will help us to locate the address from where property may have been stolen. If you want one, please let me know and I will arrange it with the police for you.

Please use the link below to create and register a free portfolio of your personal property

Please be reassured that your Neighbourhood Policing Team is doing everything possible to reduce crime further. By looking after your property and keeping an eye out on your street you can help us bring it down too.

We councillors have in the past funded Selecta DNA and Smartwater packs - ways of marking your property individually, ensuring that it will come back to you if it is recovered following a burglary - in Sheil Park, Fairfield Crescent, Prospect Vale, Cheviot, Middleton and Lindale Roads. A few months ago we paid for extensive burglary protection kit in Ellens Close and Low Wood Street - spikes for fences, PIR lights, alarms for doors and windows and timer switches for lights. We are also supporting the As One Community Safety Task Group in the purchase of £1500 worth of "target hardening" security kit to help make houses more safe. If you live in Kensington and Fairfield and would like more information about we can help you to protect your property, please get in touch.

If you have any information about people involved in crime then phone Crimestoppers free of charge on 0800 555 111 or call me, Liam or Wendy. You dont have to give your name.

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