Public urged to think about home security to prevent burglary (27 Oct 2016)

Forgotten _something _alarm _lWest Yorkshire Police's latest burglary campaign is being launched today. Using a twist on a popular game the Force is using sticky notes stuck to people's heads as a reminder of the simple measures you can take to prevent burglary.

To prove how easy the messages are they've turned to primary school children to help get the message across.

Short video clips feature the children acting as mini Police Officers writing a simple message on a note, sticking it to their heads and telling those watching what they should be doing to help prevent burglaries.

The eight forgetten something messages included are: 

  • Lock the doors
  • Shut your windows
  • Leave a light on
  • Move your keys
  • Hide your laptop
  • Switch on your burglar alarm
  • Check your locks
  • Move your garden tools

A poster campaign backs up the messages. 

Force Crime Prevention Officer, Chris Joyce, said:

"The onset of darker nights is traditionally a time when burglaries rise, but there are simple things you can do to help protect your home. It can take just 60 seconds for burglars to get into your home and steal your belongings but you can help prevent this by making it more difficult for them by removing opportunities they may look for.  

"Crime prevention doesn't need to cost huge sums of money - simply locking your doors, shutting your windows and not leaving valuables on display can make a great difference. Leave a light on or use a timer, leave a radio on and if you have an alarm use it. These easy steps will all significantly reduce your chances of being a victim of burglary. 

"We are aware of the impact on victims and are continually looking to improve the support we can provide." 

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said "I don't want a single person across West Yorkshire to come home and find that they've been burgled. It's an absolutely horrible experience and one that we are doing everything we can to help prevent. 

"This is an eye catching campaign and there is a serious message behind it. There are some simple measures you can take to drastically reduce your chances of being targeted by callous thieves. 

"If you are the victim of a burglary or you would like some crime prevention advice, contact West Yorkshire Police or visit their website for further information and advice." 

District crime prevention officers are there to support members of the public in helping you to do your bit to prevent crime and can be contacted via 101. 

Helpful crime prevention tips and more information about the campaign can be found at

YouTube Video (part 1)

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