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Brent Police is urging homeowners and tenants to take simple steps to guard against the risk of being targeted by burglars this winter.

As evenings get darker, burglars are on the prowl for valuables and cash, recognising that homes tend to be getting ready for seasonal celebrations and may have gifts and items around and on display.

During this period, properties remain in darkness for much longer periods which make them easier to target, especially if there are no obvious signs there is anyone home.

Ten top burglary crime prevention tips for Londoners:

1 Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name.
2 Register items with a serial number at www.immobilise.com
3 Do not leave your car keys, valuables or ID documents near a door, letterbox or window.
4 Always check who's at the door and don't open it if you feel anxious.
5 Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
6 Keep your valuables out of sight
7 Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home
8 Fit a mortice lock to your front door and other external doors. Consider installing a burglar alarm.
9 Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked
10 Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time.

how to secure your home and keep yourself safe. Key points:

         Just look critically at the outside of your house/ flat, as if you were trying to break in

         Donít leave equipment (e.g. ladders, spades, iron bars) around, even in insecurely locked sheds

        Leave valuables out of sight; donít leave revealing empty boxes on their way to the dustbin or green bin.

Theft from motor vehicles,

Please ensure you never leave anything of value in your vehicles. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car. If at all possible, leave nothing on view.

NEVER leave valuable items in your car, including sunglasses, the removable radio cover and your Sat Nav. Do you really need all those things you keep in the glove box?

Wipe away the Sat Nav mark on your windscreen.

Always: Close the windows and sunroof; lock the doors and activate any security devices when leaving your car unattended.

Never: Leave cash, credit cards, chequebook, mobile phones, vehicle documents or other valuables in the car.

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