Crime Prevention Advice for Burglaries

Police are warning homeowners to keep their car keys safe and hidden away at home in order to prevent vehicles being stolen following burglaries.

Crime Prevention & Architectural Liaison Officer, Gerry McBride, said: “As a Force, we are keen to make people aware to keep their car keys safe in their homes and out of view. If car keys are visible to potential thieves from outside a home, this could then entice them to break in and could lead to a vehicle being stolen.

“People wouldn’t leave credit cards or large amounts of cash next to the front door, on the stairs or the window ledge, so people shouldn’t leave car keys there either.

“Car keys are being stolen by burglars who gain access your property through an insecure door or window.  There are also some criminals who go ‘fishing’ for your keys by using implements such as sticks with homemade hooks attached to them through a letter box or a cat flap!
 “To prevent someone from trying to get into your home to steal your valuables then do not leave car keys or valuables within sight and instead keep them hidden away somewhere safe.  Also make sure all windows and doors are securely locked and if possible, lock your car in a garage. Finally, if you have a house alarm, make sure it is set.”

Anyone with information about burglaries can contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.