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Advice on how beat the bank holiday thieves

Friday, 1st June 2012.

With the Jubilee bank holiday upon us, Suffolk Police are reminding people to consider their home security to ensure they donít become a victim of crime.

Plans are underway for street parties across the county and people are advised to pay extra attention to home, garage, shed and vehicle security, which could be targeted by opportunist thieves.

Remember: Close it, lock it, check it.

Suffolk Police offers the following advice to residents:
Windows
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.
Doors
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 also 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.
Keys
Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat, burglars know all the usual hiding places.
Never leave your house or car keys in or near a door or window.
Attention should also be paid to the security of sheds and garages and to the property stored within.
Parked cars - especially those left in remote areas such as beauty spots - should be left locked and secure with no property left on display and satellite navigation devices, car audio equipment, cameras, handbags and laptops should be removed from the vehicle entirely.

People attending large scale events or out and about in busy areas should be mindful of thieves and keep handbags closed and mobile phones out of sight and kept securely on their person.

Anyone with information about thieves operating in their area should contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

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