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Burglary prevention advice

Tackling burglary is one of our main priorities because we understand it can happen to anyone and often leaves a long lasting impact on victims.

Report a burglary

A secure home will reduce the chance of you getting burgled. But, if you get home and notice signs of a break-in, you can report a burglary to us online or by calling 101.

If you believe the intruder is still inside your home, you should call 999.

Burglary prevention

Homes without basic security features are five times more likely to be burgled than homes with security. We are committed to reducing burglary in Cambridgeshire and advise residents to follow these simple steps to reduce the chances of becoming a victim;

Locks

  • lock doors, windows, side gates and outbuildings every time you leave your house, even if you’re just out in the garden
  • secure bikes by locking them to an immovable object inside a locked shed or garage
  • store high value items, such as jewellery and passports, in a properly secured safe or bank vault.

Hide items from view

  • keep all keys out of sight and away from letterboxes
  • keep ladders and tools stored away
  • remove valuables from view of ground floor windows 
  • at Christmas, don’t leave presents that can be seen through windows
  • don’t advertise expensive electrical item purchases by leaving the packaging out by your bins. Put the packaging out on your bin collection day. 

Install home security

  • install a visible burglar alarm
  • have good outdoor lighting or motion sensor security lights
  • install a driveway alarm, which acts as a deterrent to protect your home perimeter
  • plant spiky plants in vulnerable areas.

Immobilise is a free national facility that allows you to record your personal property and belongings. In the event that a registered item is lost or stolen, we can easily return it to you if any of the items are recovered by an officer.

Leaving your home for long periods of time

When you go away, there are some extra precautions to take to prevent your home from looking empty, such as;

  • asking a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home
  • think about subscribing to your local Neighbourhood Watch
  • leaving radios or lights on, or on a timer, to make your home appear occupied
  • avoiding posting holiday plans or movements on social media
  • cancelling milk or newspaper deliveries before you go away to avoid a build-up.

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