SURREY Police has launched a new section on the Force’s website today to trace those both wanted and suspected of being involved in various burglary offences across the county. The section also names and shames those recently put behind bars.
The Rogues Gallery is split into three sections – ‘Behind Bars’, ‘Most Wanted’, and ‘Do you know these people?’ and it will run for an initial three month trial period. The Rogues Gallery will be updated on a regular basis with new convictions to highlight how the public have helped Surrey Police put criminals ‘Behind Bars’. It will also be updated regularly with those ‘Most Wanted’ or suspected of being involved in burglaries.
Anyone with information can call Surrey Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 if they don’t want to give their name.
Surrey Police’s campaign to help homeowners avoid becoming the victims of burglary over Christmas also launched last week.
The campaign includes a short video and radio adverts urging the public to protect their homes and possessions and not to make life easy for burglars by leaving their wrapped presents in view under the Christmas tree.
A new 10 step self assessment to consider and assess the level of home security is now available on the Force’s website. It provides practical advice to help homeowners reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of burglary.
To help you enjoy a happy and safe Christmas and New Year, Surrey Police recommend the following:
- Don’t leave presents under the Christmas tree in view of a window. Hide them somewhere safe until Christmas morning.
- Security mark expensive presents, such as electronic equipment with a forensic marking product and keep an inventory on a property registration website such as www.immobilise.com.
- Dispose of Christmas gift packaging carefully. Empty boxes left outside can advertise to thieves what they can find inside.
- If you are going away over the festive period ask a neighbour or your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme to keep an eye on your house.
- Do not post details of your holiday on social networking sites.
- Make your house look occupied by using automatic timer switches to turn interior lights, radios or TVs on and off and ensure you cancel your milk and newspapers.
- Remember to lock all doors and windows and to set your burglar alarm.
Visit www.surrey.police.uk to view the Rogues Gallery, the Christmas campaign video or to take the self assessment on your home security.
Call 101 for all non-emergency policing matters.
Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (eg a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger).
Call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about crime and don’t want to leave your name. ENDS CW/11 For more information please call 01483 632000 or email; PlannedCommunications@surrey.pnn.police.uk
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