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Winter burglary warning issued

Published Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Enfield Council is urging homeowners to keep their homes secure this winter as it launches a new anti-burglary campaign this week.

Christmas time sees a rise in household burglaries. Presents under the tree and a higher chance of homeowners being out visiting family or undertaking last minute shopping make it easier for thieves.

Enfield Council's campaign will highlight the devastating impact that burglary can have on victims and gives important tips to protect the home.

Advice includes:
- Install a visible intruder alarm with an active bell-box - both front and rear of the property;
- Ensure access to the side and rear of the property is restricted and if you have gates lock them;
- Use automatic timer-switches to turn on/off lights and radios when your home is unoccupied (evenings out;holidays);
- Where door locks are operated by lifting the handle, use the key to double lock the door and take the key out; remember Lift-Lock-Remove;
- An internal letterbox shield will prevent keys being fished through the letterbox.

Residents have also been advised to not leave presents easily visible from the road, and any boxes advertising the purchase of high value presents should not be left in the street, because it advertises that you have expensive items in your home which could attract a would-be burglar.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Organisations and Culture, Cllr Yasemin Brett, said "Burglary rates tend to increase in the winter months as the evenings draw in and in the run up to Christmas, but we want to buck that trend this year.

"Burglary is generally an opportunistic crime and is relatively easy to prevent, but it can have a devastating impact on the families affected and I'd encourage everyone to take sensible and easy precautions to significantly reduce their chances of becoming a victim of this type of crime".

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