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A Message from the Community Watch Liaison Officer (Mid-Suffolk Region)

Neighbourhood Watch

If you do not already subscribe to your Mid-Suffolk regional Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter, then you are missing out on important Police communications. Apart from local crime information summaries, these newsletters provide important crime reduction and safety information, notification of meetings and events, and links and contact information. The newsletters are generally issued fortnightly, but this may vary depending on content. I urge you to subscribe to, and to read these newsletters.

Suffolk Constabulary Advice

Householders across Suffolk are being urged not to make it easy for potential thieves. Officers are advising people to pay extra attention to home and vehicle security.
Always lock your windows when you leave the house.

Remove the keys and keep them in a safe place. However, everyone should know where the keys are kept so they can escape in an emergency.
Keep your front and back doors locked or in view when you are at home.

Use or consider fitting a door chain and spy hole - a chain allows you to speak to the caller without opening the door fully and the spy hole allows you to see who is at the door.
Fit five lever mortise locks to all external doors.

Check your cylinder locks on patio/plastic doors and ensure they are snap and bump resistant - a local Master Locksmith can advise if you are not sure.

Advice From A Burglar

A prolific burglar who wrote to police offering an insight into what deterred him from targeting particular properties has been jailed for five years. In his letter, he said would not select a property with any of the following:
- A well lit premises
- The presence of a dog
- Anti-climbing paint on drainpipes, etc.
- Motion sensor lighting
- Beware of dog stickers
- Alarm warning stickers
- Pebbles/shingle near rear patio doors
- CCTV camera
- Pad sensors behind doors/windows
- Barrier fencing above garden gates and
  perimeter walls

Heating Oil Theft

Do not overlook the need to protect your heating oil against theft. The link below gives advice from the police on preventative measures.

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