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Darker Nights Crime Prevention Advice For West Oxfordshire

1st December 2019

As it's now getting darker earlier in the evening, Thames Valley Police would again like to remind residents about protecting their homes against opportunist burglars by remembering to leave a light on.

Dark evenings can provide perfect cover for burglars who can easily spot an open window in an unoccupied room and see your valuables through open curtains or blinds,  Try to make your house look occupied by leaving lights and the radio on when you are not there; invest in a light timer switch.

Don’t leave your house and vehicle keys in the lock or on a side table in view of a window, making it easy for a thief to ‘fish’ them through your letterbox

Don’t leave items in open porches that could be used to enter your home, to open doors or take keys through letterboxes, Close and lock all your doors and windows before going out or to bed.

Always lock your front door from inside - in particular UPVC front doors that have handles, as they are often left unlocked when people are in their houses.

Please register your property at    Encourage friends, family and neighbours to receive this type of message by registering at

Cancel newspapers and milk if you’re going away for a few days and ask a trusted friend or neighbour to keep an 'eye' on your property, to park their vehicle on your driveway , push post sticking out of the letterbox inside your property or putting out/away your wheelie bins.

Please report any suspicious incidents, sightings or any information to The Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.


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