Take steps to stamp out the heartbreak of burglaries

By Emily Pearce

Sunday, December 22, 2013

 

Take steps to stamp out the heartbreak of burglaries

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police crime prevention adviser, Sarah Cohen.

CHRISTMAS may be the season of good will but that won’t stop burglars from breaking into your house and stealing your presents.

"The impact of burglary can be devastating, and it’s particularly cruel at Christmas. It’s not just that someone has been in your house, which is distressing enough, but the fact that presents have been taken and the children are upset.

"They ask their parents why Santa would do such a horrible thing," said Sarah Cohen, a crime prevention adviser with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police.

"It’s heartbreaking. And victims are reminded of what happened every year."

Police have urged people to guard against being burgled this Christmas and Sarah said there were a few simple precautions people could take to reduce the risk.

"It’s not difficult or expensive to make sure your home is secure, we aren’t talking about surveillance systems. Crime prevention is mostly common sense.

"Lock your doors and windows, even when you’re inside, and your car. Leave your lights on so it looks like someone is home when it gets dark — you can get timer switches very cheaply — and don’t put presents under the tree until Christmas Eve," said Sarah.

"If you can take away the motivation for someone to break into your home, you will massively reduce the chance of being burgled.

"No-one wants police in their house at Christmas, dusting for prints, no-one wants to be rushing out buying presents to replace the ones that were stolen.

"It’s really worth taking a few simple security measures."

• For further information about making your home and property secure, call 101 or visit www.hampshire.police.uk

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by David Blackford

23rd December 2013, at 14:04:26

PS - It would encourage any intruder to p*ss off

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by David Blackford

23rd December 2013, at 14:03:04

In the good old days people kept a potty under the bed - made a good weapon I imagine.

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by T Rollingsworth

23rd December 2013, at 12:00:14

Because of the law it's good that I don't keep any weaponry near my bed. , However, I do have a ornamental bat which people in my culture use to greet uninvited night-guests.

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by James McAdder

23rd December 2013, at 08:21:52

The only people who have lost their freedom when tackling a burglar are those that used grossly unreasonable force. If you chase a burglar who is running away and whack him with a crowbar then, yes, you can rightfully expect some jail time.

However if you tackle a burglar who stands his ground inside your own home you are unlikely to suffer any consequences even if you do cause him substantial harm, though this depend on what you use to cause the harm. A handy wine bottle would be OK, a crowbar you keep by your bed for "protection" could see you in trouble, and a firearm (which should be locked up by law, anyway) will definitely see you doing time.

In the first case you are NOT protecting yourself, family or property. In the second case you ARE, and this is the crucial factor.

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by Russell Palin

22nd December 2013, at 11:01:01

There is a lot to be said for the CCTV kits now available from DIY stores.
Hide the camera under the eaves or similar place where it can't be seen and the little swines will get there portrait taken whilst they snoop on your property.
I am certainly thinking of getting one, if it was not for my dogs some sneaky person nearly walked into my back kitchen last year, he ran off very quick chased by snapping collies, I lock everything now even if I am just up the garden.
If I had CCTV he would have appeared in the courts and in this paper I expect.

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by Baz Taylor

22nd December 2013, at 10:10:47

All the prevention in the world won't stop them if they REALLY want to get in. The knuckle-dragging failed abortions will always find a way!

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by Baz Taylor

22nd December 2013, at 09:51:57

All the prevention in the world won't stop them if they REALLY want to get in. The knuckle-dragging failed abortions will always find a way!

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by David Blackford

22nd December 2013, at 09:08:55

If you hear a noise downstairs in the middle of the night - remember this Great Man

Speak softly and carry a big stick' were the words of Theodore Roosevelt

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by Mike Crowe

22nd December 2013, at 08:57:01

""rushing out buying presents to replace the ones that were stolen. """

I spent two years in Camp Hill Prison teaching in the 1970's and because of the nature of employment, I spent a long time with the prisoners whilst they were on my course. Camp Hill 'naughty boys' burglary, car stealing, drugs etc. "To replace the ones stolen" and that is a burglar's attitude, they openly told me, "Well they can be replaced"

Sentimental value doesn't come into their heads "They are only things"

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