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Burglary warning as police and council clampdown

Published Wednesday, 08 October 2014

The Metropolitan Police and Enfield Council are warning homeowners to take sensible precautions to prevent themselves from becoming victims of burglary as the nights start to draw in.

Burglary rates traditionally increase as the summer ends and with burglary as a priority the police and council are keen to educate residents to reduce the chances and make sure everyone in Enfield has a happy Christmas.

Enfield Police has already set up a dedicated burglary squad in readiness for the nights drawing in and have written to thousands of residents offering free security surveys on their homes through the Safe and Houses Scheme run in partnership with Enfield Council which offer basic crime prevention advice and equipment where appropriate. The letter also includes handy hints which residents can follow to discourage burglars.

The police will have extra uniformed and plain clothes officers deployed to the areas most affected by burglary to dissuade people thinking of committing an offence in this area and catching and convicting those that choose to do.

The Council is also looking at ways of providing long term solutions to burglary, such as installing Alley Gates to reduce access at the rear of properties.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Tackling burglary is a priority for Enfield Council, having your home broken into is a terrible experience and one which I would not wish on my worst enemy so it is great news that we are taking steps with the police to drive down this horrible crime.

“We all need to work together to drive down burglary and I’d urge residents to take notice of the advice they are given to help reduce them reduce their likelihood of becoming a victim of crime.”

The Metropolitan Police advises residents to:

  • Increase sensor lighting around your property to discourage burglary
  • Use a door chain
  • Increasing the height of any fencing around your garden or side gate
  • If a property is left unoccupied for lengthy periods of time use timers to set lights, radio or televisions to turn on and off at various times during the day or night to give the impression someone is at home.

If residents are interested in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in their area, please come along to the Civic Center, Silver Street, Enfield on 15 October 2014 between 18:30 and 21:00 where you will be provided with practical advice on how to set up and manage a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

Det Chief Insp Paul Healy from Enfield Police said: “We are urging residents to review their home security to ensure that their property is not vulnerable and make it more difficult for burglars to gain access. Don’t become a victim of burglary.

“Residents are advised to call 999 is they see people acting suspiciously or hear loud banging that is out of place so officers can investigate their suspicions. It is better to call and be mistaken, than not to call at all. If it is less serious and does not require an immediate police response call 101.

"We want to make your neighbourhood a safer place to live, but we need your help and support to do so.
If a resident suspects someone of being involved in criminal activity they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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