Advice from Croydon Police on the Met’s Operation Bumblebee – the seasonal crackdown on burglary
Burglars will have “nowhere to hide” as the Met launch its seasonal crackdown on burglary and those who handle stolen goods.
Operation Bumblebee sees officers intensifying their efforts to work with forces from across the country to target burglars who try to evade capture by travelling across county lines.
Meanwhile we are calling on Londoners to act now and follow basic crime prevention advice to protect their homes at a time when we traditionally see a rise in residential burglary offences.
Keep your homes safe
As the clocks go back, and nights draw in, homes remain in darkness for longer, making them easier targets. The public are advised to:
• Ensure doors and windows are properly locked with a key when leaving home;
• Keep valuables out of sight and out of reach;
• Lock side gates and store bins behind them;
• Avoid leaving packaging outside, which may indicate you have expensive new items in your home, especially around Christmas time.
As part of Operation Bumblebee, officers will employ a range of proactive measures including traditional tactics, working with forces from across the country, and the use of science and technology.
Specialist manhunt teams will be deployed to track down the most evasive wanted burglary suspects, whilst high-visibility patrols will take place in burglary hot spots, driven by the use of predictive crime mapping.
Top ten tips for securing your home:
1. Don’t leave your keys or ID documents within easy reach of doors, letterboxes or windows.
2. Close and lock all doors and windows. If you have multi-locking door handles, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it. Remember – LIFT – LOCK – REMOVE. Put the key in a safe place out of sight in case of fire.
3. Lock garages and sheds so garden tools and ladders can’t be used to break into your home.
4. Keep side gates locked and wheelie bins stored behind them.
5. Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio so it appears that someone is at home.
6. Invest in a safe for valuables and sentimental items and securely fix it to a solid surface.
7. Install a visible intruder alarm system – burglars don’t want to be seen or heard.
8. Install low level ‘dusk till dawn’ lighting to increase visibility and deter burglars.
9. Keep side and rear boundaries high to restrict access and front boundaries low to remove hiding places.
10. Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number/name.
Register items with serial numbers at: www.immobilise.com
For more help and advice visit: www.metbumblebee.org