Friday 5 January - Friday 12 January
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A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience that can affect you and your family long after the incident has occurred. By applying a few prevention methods you can make your home less attractive to burglars.
What can you do on a daily basis?
· Keep all wallets, purses, credit cards and car keys out of sight and out of reach.
· If you leave your house empty, even if you are in the back garden, lock all the doors and windows.
· An intruder alarm can be an effective deterrent against burglars, seek advice to ensure it is the most suitable for your needs.
· Make it a habit to mark your valuables by using your postcode and house number or name.
· Some articles are unsuitable for marking so photograph them next to a ruler.
· Register your property at immobilise.com, it's free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property.
What about when it gets dark?
· Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home.
· When you go out in the evening, always leave a light on in a room that cannot be peered into from the road.
· Fit security lighting - either dusk to dawn energy efficient lighting that will come on automatically as dusk sets in, or infrared activated lighting which draws attention to movement.
How can I keep my garden safe?
· Ensure that gates or access to the rear of the house are locked and secure.
· Trim overgrown plants - don't give burglars a hiding place.
· Secure garden tools and ladders in a locked shed or garage to prevent them being used to break into your home.
· Fit outside security lighting and a visible burglar alarm to help deter burglars.
An outbuilding has been broken into on Wellingham Lane in Ringmer, Lewes. This was reported to us on Friday (5 January) and nothing was taken. (Ref: 0453 – 05/01)
During the early hours of Saturday morning (6 January), several coats had been taken from a house, through the cat flap. This incident occurred on Southover High Street in Lewes. (Ref: 0635 – 06/01)
On Tuesday (9 January) a house was broken into on Maurice Road in Seaford. Some Jewellery had been taken as well as a wallet. (Ref: 1222 – 09/01)
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