Crime in the Sutton area of London reduces but burglary numbers rise
Crime in the Sutton area of Greater London has been reduced by 5% – but the burglary numbers have risen sharply.
In the 12 months since April 2012, the number of criminal incidents in Sutton dropped by 5.2%, or 606 victims. Crime in the area has fallen every year since 2009.
However, in a stark contrast, burglaries have risen by 18.6%, or 137 victims. Also, car-related incidents have risen 8.3%.
Guy Ferguson, the town’s Borough Commander, said that the overall reduction is good news but the force is disappointed with the burglary numbers. Talking about the plans to improve security for residents, he said:
“We are getting some good information from residents about criminal and anti-social behaviour and we are acting on this information – as a result we are carrying out search and arrest warrants almost every day to make these activities stop.”
It has been suggested that high gold prices could be a factor in the burglary increase; this after a surge in criminals targeting valuable jewellery at the end of 2012. The spate of incidents led to many residents increasing home security efforts. People often choose to install bar gates and mesh grills, which can act as strong visual deterrents against prospective burglars.
Other areas where numbers have fallen include domestic violence and personal robbery, which dropped by 8%.
Ferguson went on to claim the force is determined to do whatever it can to ensure the area is safer for both residents and workers.
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Brown Security Installations – How to avoid becoming a victim of burglary
Lincolnshire Police recommend the following steps to avoid becoming a victim of burglary:
When you go out, always close and lock the external doors and windows, even if you are just going out for a short while.
Remove all valuables from out of sight. Remember if they can’t see it, they can’t take it! Keep them safe.
Keep spare keys safe and out of sight. Would-be offenders could not only break into your property but could also steal your car!
Visible burglar alarms, good lighting and carefully directed security lighting can put a burglar off. Remember, less darks spots means less hiding places for someone not wishing to be seen!
Never leave garages or sheds unlocked. Your tools inside could prove to be very useful to a would-be offender who wants to gain access to your property.
Ensure that your garden is just as secure as your home itself. Do not leave anything of value such as bikes; children’s play equipment or gardening tools on full view. Make sure that they are locked away and out of sight when not in use.
If you are going away on holiday, remember to cancel milk deliveries etc. Ask a responsible neighbour to make sure that any post that is delivered is pushed right through the letterbox. Ensure that all windows and doors are locked. Use timer switches for lights and radios, as they will create the impression that someone is in.
Any plants, trees or bushes need to be well maintained if they are at the front of your property. This is so that they provide natural surveillance for you as the homeowner and to also ensure that would be offenders cannot use overgrown trees etc as climbing aids or hiding places.
Always keep gates locked when not in use. Easy access to a property is often the trigger that makes a property an attractive target. Don’t make it easy for them!
An intruder alarm installed and used properly can deter the burglar. Seek expert advice when installing an alarm and ensure that they are members of the Security Systems Inspectorate Body (UK AS- United Kingdom Accreditation Service) as they fit British Standards (BS 4737) (EN 50131).
Property marking is an effective way of deterring thieves. By marking things such as electrical goods with your postcode and house number, this reduces the opportunity for thieves to sell the goods on. Property marking also increases the chances of returning your goods, if you happen to become a burglary victim.
Brown Security Installations would also recommend ensuring that as well as electronic security devices, you also consider physical security such as window bars, retractable gates, bar gates and roller garage doors. These can all be installed to blend in naturally with your home surroundings to provide an additional layer of security
Leeds hotspot sees a reduction in burglaries
Homeowners in a Leeds burglary hotspot have seen the number of incidents fall by around 50% over recent months.
Figures released by West Yorkshire Police have revealed that burglaries in the areas of Stanningley and Bramley dropped to 198 incidents from April last year to the start of 2013; this compared with the previous year’s figure of 391.
The postcode LS13 was recently highlighted as one of the UK’s major crime hotspots when home insurance comparison site Moneysupermarket.com studied claim records.
While incidents of burglaries have fallen in Leeds over the last 12 months, the city is still among the UK’s worst areas statistically. Mark Burns-Williamson, the force’s Crime Commissioner, has stated that his force still needs to work hard to reduce the risks to the area’s residents. Speaking at a community forum, he said:
“While there have been some excellent reductions in burglaries we still need to do more to have a sustained effort to get that down. It has a big impact on individuals and families when it happens.”
Adding to Burns-Williamson’s statements, Peter Gruen, who is a key member of the Safer Leeds group, said:
“In Bramley and Stanningley burglary has reduced by nearly two thirds.
“This is a testament to the hard work and determination of the local partnership, which includes the local residents and councillors, the police and local housing providers working together.”
As well as the hard work put in by the police force, homeowners can further limit the risk of falling victim to burglaries with the help of window bars, bar gates and retractable gates
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