Action to tackle burglars

by Nadia Sam-Daliri Burglars will be in for a tough ride this as residents are offered advice and security grants to keep their homes out of bounds. Camden police and the council will come together to offer free security checks for the di

by Nadia Sam-Daliri

Burglars will be in for a tough ride this as residents are offered advice and security grants to keep their homes out of bounds.

Camden police and the council will come together to offer free security checks for the disabled or those over 60 and also grants of up to �500 for some tenants to install security equipment.

The Burglary Day of Action will be held tomorrow to heighten awareness.


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Ch Ins Louis Smith, who leads Camden Police's Safer Neighbourhoods Teams, said: "There are simple and inexpensive measures we can all take to deter burglars."

Top tips include hanging blinds or net curtains in windows, fitting gates in alleyways, keeping car keys away from front doors, locking away garden tools which can be used to break in, recycling packaging from electrical goods immediately as they advertise new purchases to thieves and joining your neighbourhood watch team.

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Residents are also advised to clearly mark their home with their door number and postcode as police research shows thieves do not like things which are easily identified.

Cllr Keith Moffitt, leader of Camden Council, said: "Although burglary in Camden is down, it is still essential residents take every step possible to protect their homes."

Burglary in Camden fell by nine per cent from February last year to this year compared to the previous 12 months.

Officers will be talking to Kilburn and West Hampstead residents on the day of action to discuss security in their homes.

Over 60s and the disabled should call 0845 351 0642 for a free security check

Those wanting to know if they are eligible for a grant should call 020 7974 5613.

Those wanting free property marking kits should call 020 7974 2915.

nadia.sam-daliri@archant.co.uk

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