A recent meeting involving residents and representatives from West Midlands Police heard that the rate of burglaries in Kings Heath has fallen over the past month or so. However, residents were advised of the need to take action to protect themselves and their property:
- If you’re going out for the evening, leave at least one light on. If possible, leave several lights on timers so they can be seen being switched on and off.
- Don’t leave keys – especially car keys – within reach of your front door. Thieves have used long hooks to reach keys out of houses through letterboxes.
- When you go out, make sure all doors and windows are secured. Criminals look for unoccupied homes with open windows and it’s amazing to see how small a window can be used by an adult to get into a house.
- Think about how easy it is to get to the back of your house. If you have a side gate, put a bolt on it.
- If you have tools in your garden shed, make sure the shed is locked when the tools aren’t being used. A spade or a fork can be used to break into a house.
- Think about registering valuable items (wide-screen televisions, computers, jewellery, etc.) with the UK National Property Register.
- If you’ve got foliage that screens your front doors or windows from the street, think about cutting it back so that anybody at the front of your house can be seen easily.
- Think about outside security lighting so that anybody approaching your house will be very noticeable from the street.
If you do see anything suspicious, call 101 and tell the Police.
If a crime is actually in progress, call 999 immediately.