Police record dozen burglaries in one week

| 05/11/2008

(CNS): In the wakeof a number of offences that could have been avoided the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is warning residents to be on their guard against burglary. Over the last few weeks police said offenders had gained access to a number of properties by removing screens and opening unlocked windows. Between October 24 and 29 alone there were 12 burglaries reported to police across Grand Cayman.

The abnormally high figure has led police to ask people to be more aware and ensure their homes are as secure as they can be. Residents are being asked to follow simple crime prevention measures such as not leaving valuable items on display, recording serial numbers of items such as lap-tops in case they are stolen and making sure that homes are secure at all times. In addition, residents who hear or notice suspicious noises or behaviour are asked to contact police immediately.

Police said the public should ensure doors and windows are kept locked and secure – even if you are just popping out for a few minutes. Use window stoppers from hardware stores so even

if the lock is breached, the window cannot be slid back. Sliding doors are often a popular method of entry – inserting a piece of wood or something similar into the gap to prevent the door from sliding back, should the lock be broken, can discourage potential burglars from targeting your home. They asl advised residents not to leave a spare key hidden under a mat or plant pot and to make sure keys are kept out of reach of windows and doors.

Let burglars know you have taken precautions the police said, if you have an alarm put the box or sticker on show and if you have a dog put up a warning sign. If you are going away ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property and ask them to open and close curtains or put lights on to make your house look lived in. If you are leaving your car at the airport – ask a neighbour to park in your space occasionally. Ask a neighbour to collect the Sunday paper.

Police said that residents can help improve their own security by taking a look around their properties and imagining they are a burglar and see where they could gain access. Look for your security weak points and address them the police added.


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