CONCERNS are being raised regarding burglaries reported to Dyfed-Powys Police in the Llanelli and Rural areas over the last week.

In response to the concerns Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Gemma Davies said:

“I want to reassure the community that patrols have been increased to target vulnerable areas and deter criminal activity. I also want to take the opportunity to ask the community to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police in order to prevent crimes of this nature from taking place.

“Officers from the Neighbourhood Police Teams are conducting patrols in the community and providing support to victims of crime. If members of the community have concerns or want to provide information please get in touch with us on 101 by telephone or email on LlanelliRuralNPT@Dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk. In an emergency or if an incident is on-going the public should phone 999.”

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Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:

•Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
•Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
•Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures – a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)
•Install good outside lighting
•Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
•Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
•Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
•Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
•Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
•Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
•Ensure rear fencing is in good repair
•Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
•Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise
•Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
•Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
•Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.

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