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Over the past month there has been an increase in Burglaries in the Wembley Central and Alperton areas. Safer Neighbourhood Teams are aware and are working together to tackle the issue.

They have found that these burglaries are organised, and not opportunistic. They have a degree of planning and most likely know when residents are not at the addresses. The burglars are usually entering via the rear of the property, back garden, patio door. Please be aware if you have a key in the back patio door - please remove it when not in use. And the majority of burglaries are happening in the evening time.

Below is some Crime Prevention Advice on how you can protect your home against burglaries.

  1. Protect your home by protecting your garden
  2. Low front boundary; keep hedges and walls at the front of your house low (under 1 metre) so burglars have nowhere to hide.
  3. Secure side gate; keep side gates locked at all times. Open gates mean burglars can easily access your home without being seen by passers-by or neighbours.
  4. High side and rear boundaries with trellis and spiky defensive planting; keep hedges, walls and fences around your back garden high (over 1.8 metres). Add lightweight trellis to gates and fences and plant some prickly plants such as those on page 4 to make it harder for burglars to climb over.
  5. Gravel driveway and path; gravel driveways and paths make it harder for burglars to go undetected.
  6. Security light; install an outside security light so that intruders can’t approach without being seen.
  7. Intruder alarm system; install a burglar alarm system.
  8. Secure shed door and window; always keep your shed locked and secured. Often sheds contain valuables such as power tools and bicycles.
  9. Never leave tools lying around; never leave tools lying around as they can be used as a way of breaking into your home.
  10. Protecting your garden and outbuildings not only keeps bikes and other valuables in your shed safe, but can also stop burglars getting into your home.
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