Community safety

Avoid becoming a victim of Burlgary

 – advice from the Borough Commander

  • Fit key operated locks on doors and windows and remember to use them. 
  • Remember that multi-point UPVC doors are not properly locked unless you have locked them with the key. In most cases, you also have to lift the handle before locking it to correctly deploy the multi-point locking mechanism.
  • Use a 'spy hole' or a window to see who is outside prior to opening your door.
  • Stop letter box burglaries by storing keys away from the front door and ensure they are out of sight from outside the property.
  • Install timers which switch lights or radios on and off automatically while you are out.
  • If you are going out after dark, draw the curtains and leave some lights on.
  • If you live in a flat, don’t let strangers in via the entry system or by allowing them to follow you in through the communal door. Always ensure the communal door is locked properly when you enter or leave the building.
  • Don't leave tools lying around that can be used to force windows or doors.
  • Keep a photographic library of your jewellery by photographing each piece on a flat surface next to a ruler to give an indication of its size. If you are unfortunate enough to become a victim, this will help you with your insurance claim and will also help us to try to recover your property for you.
  • Mark your possessions, including jewellery, using a UV property marking liquid.

Det Chief Supt Stuart Macleod
Merton Borough Commander




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