ACQUISITIVE CRIME

Definition: In general terms Acquisitive crimes are those in which an offender acquires or takes items from another person, and so it covers a number of different types of offence.

The Home Office definition says that it covers theft of a vehicle, theft from a vehicle, vehicle interference, and theft of a pedal cycle, theft from a person, robbery or personal property.

 

The main types of acquisitive crime include:

• Domestic burglary (including sheds
   and outbuildings)

• Theft of vehicles

• Theft from vehicles

Here are some of our tips:


WINDOWS

Make sure doors and windows are locked, particularly when you leave your property for any length of time – even just to pop to the shops. It is important to do this when you are in too; don’t leave front doors open in warm weather if you’re in the back garden having a drink or doing the digging, it could be an open invitation.

 

SECURE ALL DOORS

If your front and back doors are not secure, neither is your home. Thieves are most likely to target doors when attempting to break in. Check the condition of the frames, hinges and glass panels. Fit such devices as chains and door viewers. Patio doors will also need special fitted locks.

 

SOUND & LIGHT

When you go out leave a light and a radio on to give the impression there is someone at home. Timer switches can be used to switch them on at different times. Be careful to choose appropriate lights – a stairs or hall light will not fool anyone – unless you usually spend your evenings sitting on the stairs!

 

BURGLAR ALARMS

Visible burglar alarms make burglars think twice. Research among ex-offenders has identified that properties with burglar alarms fitted are less likely to be targeted than those without. Those connected to a monitoring service are the best, get specialist advice and several quotes.

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KEYS

Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat or in a flowerpot - a thief will look there first. If you've moved into a new house, consider changing the back and front door locks - other people may have keys that fit. Never leave keys near a window or door (thieves are increasingly stealing car keys so they can take cars, often using a hook or magnet on a stick pushed through the letterbox).

 

GARAGES AND SHEDS

Are often left unlocked and may be full of tools ideal for breaking into the rest of the house as well as machinery such as mowers and strimmers. Fit sheds and garages with strong padlocks and ideally an alarm. Always lock ladders in the garage or shed to stop a thief using them.

 

PROPERTY MARK

Postcode your property with a UV marker pen - marked property can deter burglars because it is harder for a thief to sell on and may also help police secure a conviction. Stickers are usually provided with marker pens which can be placed in your windows to tell people that items within the home have been marked.

 

CHECK WHO’S CALLING

In 4% of burglaries thieves used false pretence to gain entry to a property. Most people who call at your home will be genuine. But sometimes, people call with the intention of tricking their way into your home. They are known as "distraction burglars" or "bogus callers”. If you are unsure about the person at the door, do not let them in. Some of the utility companies operate password schemes where you can set one up that callers have to know.

 

For more information about Bogus Caller’s download a copy of Staffordshire Police’s advice leaflet.

 

 

 

 

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