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PRESS RELEASE - 23/05/05

Are you aware that most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves?

As better weather approaches we all start leaving doors and windows open, even whilst we are around our homes. However we would wish to remind people to be on their guard, especially if you are in the garden and away from view of the open door/window, even if you are just nipping upstairs.

During the last six months of 2004 there were 97 reported dwelling burglaries in the Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping areas. In 39 of these offences entry was gained to the premises through insecure doors or windows. Yes, in over a third of reported dwelling burglaries the offender just walked in through an insecure door or climbed in through an open window.

Clearly this fact is an issue that affects us all through higher insurance premiums as a result of more offences in your area. Fortunately we can all take steps to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Please remember to close and lock all your doors and windows before you leave the house. No matter how much of a rush you are in, two minutes checking now may save you hours of phone calls later and the distress of coming home to find you have been burgled!

If the rear of your property is accessible via a side passage fit fencing and a lockable gate to prevent anyone from just walking out of sight to the rear of your home.

Do not leave keys, handbags, purses or cash near doors or windows where they might be enough of a temptation for a burglar to take even greater steps to enter your home.

Be good neighbours, is that door to door salesman visiting every house in your street? Is he just visiting houses that look like no one is at home? If you are concerned, then contact your local police station. Remember, it might be your home that the burglar is casing! Surely you would want your neighbour to tell the police of their concern?

If you have elderly relatives, please remind them of the dangers of leaving doors open as unfortunately thieves all to often target our senior citizens.

These simple common sense reminders, could prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.

If you would like further advice on home security please contact your area crime reduction office at Stamford police station, tel. 01780 752222 Ext 3655.

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DON'T YOU GET CONNED.

Beware persons calling on you offering services at what appears to be too good a price to miss! It is!

Recently tarmaccers were in the Lonsdale Road area of Stamford and conned a family into taking on the job of re-laying their driveway. What seemed to be a good price was agreed, but hey, when the job was finished and the several thousand pounds was requested by the big burly men, maybe it wasn't such a cheap option.

Only use reputable workmen, from known sources and make sure your elderly relatives and neighbours know this as well.

If such workmen turn up at your door, saying they've a bit of tarmac left from the job down the road, tell them politely, but firmly NO, we don't trade at the door!

Save yourselves from the experience and pay heed to this advice.

If you want to get more involved and you would like further advice or information please email the Stamford and District Crime Prevention Panel:

cpp@stamford.co.uk
(this mail box is checked periodically by the panel members)

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