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Winter home security advice

With the dark evenings, the winter months offer opportunities for burglars. Make sure you take some simple precautions to protect your home and property.

  • Set a timer switch to turn your lights on when it gets dark - unlit houses are a give away that no one is at home.
  • Lock your doors, patios and downstairs windows - even when you are in. Double check them again before you go to bed.
  • If you have a burglar alarm, make sure you set it when you go out and also when you go to bed.
  • Don't leave car keys, ID cards or valuables near windows, doors or letterboxes, where burglars can reach through to steal them.
  • Lock your garden gates and side entrances. Don't leave tools lying around in the garden which could be used to break into your home.
  • Mark your property and valuables with a forensic security product such as SmartWater.

Why not take advantage of our special SmartWater offer and security mark your property for £25 (RRP £75)? Click here for more information.

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SmartWater is a traceable liquid with a unique code that is brushed onto household valuables. Once applied, the liquid is almost impossible to remove and is only detectable under UV light. The technique allows officers to identify stolen goods once checked under the light. The unique code within the traceable liquid allows officers to link the belongings back to a particular address. If the liquid is found upon a burglar it can also link them back to the scene of their crime.

This offer is part of the wider We Don't Buy Crime campaign tackling a range of acquisitive crime. The aim of the campaign is to make the whole of the West Mercia policing areas as hostile as possible for anyone looking to profit from burglary, theft, robbery, shoplifting and pick pocketing.

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If you have information that can help police catch a burglar, please call 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via