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Burglary - what happens when it is reported?

We are commited to tackling burglary, but what happens when you need to call us to report that your house has been broken into?

When a call comes in, our call handlers will go through a specially designed series of questions, so they can assess the incident and how it should be actioned in the most efficient and effective way.

All victims of burglary will be visited by a scenes of crime officer to thoroughly assess any forensic opportunities.

If a burglary occurs in a frequently targeted area, or involves vulnerable victims, or there were witnesses we can follow up with, it will be classed as a priority and an officer may attend to speak to the victim to gather more information. 

What you can do to reduce your chances of being the victim of burglary

  • Use lights at home – use a timer when you are out, so it looks like someone is home.
  • Secure all house and vehicle doors. If you have a UPVC door, make sure it is double locked.
  • Keep all valuables and keys safely out of sight from windows, both in your home and car.
  • Close the curtains when you have a light on indoors.
  • Never leave garages or sheds unlocked. Not only can valuable tools be appealing to thieves, they can also be used to force entry to your home.
  • Don’t hide your keys under a doormat or in a flowerpot – it’s the first place a would-be offender will look.
  • Have a look at whether it is cost effective to install technology, such as CCTV or a video doorbell device, which helps deter burglars and can also provide further opportunity for investigation.
  • Ask a friend to keep an eye on your house when you go away, and do the same for neighbours by remaining alert to suspicious activity in your street.
  • If you spot someone behaving suspiciously, contact the police immediately.

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