Police chief: stop inviting burglars into your home
POLICE have blamed residents who do not protect their homes properly for a rise in burglaries.
The number of break-ins in the Henley police sector increased by 10 per cent from 59 to 65 in the 10 months to the end of January compared with the same period in the previous year.
Inspector Mark Harling, head of Henley police, said: “My sense is that people are not, and never have been, taking this problem seriously.
In a report to the town council’s town and community committee, he said: “A few weeks ago in the 10 years ago column of the Henley Standard there was an article where the local police were telling people to take car keys upstairs and a general warning about burglaries. We are still talking about this. It is a serious problem but it appears that people only become concerned when they have been a victim. Our work involves trying to prevent people from becoming victims but also trying to solve crimes if they occur.
“The message I would like to get across to people is to make sure they ensure their homes and property are secure, including sheds and outbuildings, take advantage of free crime prevention advice and if they see anything suspicious, phone the police and let us know.