Posted: Thu 20th Jul 2023

Burglary wave prompts vigilance call for residents in Flintshire’s rural villages

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jul 20th, 2023

Residents of Flintshire and Denbighshire are being urged to stay vigilant following a recent wave of burglaries reported in rural villages across the two areas.

Patrols have been increased in response, and officers have been actively raising awareness to help minimise the risk of further break-ins.

Burglars are often opportunistic, preying on homes left vulnerable due to unlocked doors or windows or those that are easily forced open.

The North Flintshire Police has issued advice to help residents make their properties less appealing to would-be intruders.

Some of the advice includes locking all doors and windows even when at home, leaving a light on or using a timer to create the impression of occupancy, and avoiding advertising absence on social media.

The police also recommend using visible deterrents such as security cameras or alarm system stickers, keeping valuables out of sight, and avoiding hiding keys in predictable locations like under doormats.

Detective Inspector Kris Williams expressed empathy for the victims of these crimes, saying, “Having your home burgled is a personal violation and we understand the significant effect that this has on victims.”

He explained that officers have been proactively working within their communities to reduce this type of crime. This includes visiting residents to raise awareness of potential threats, as well as offering practical advice on how to make their properties less attractive to criminals.

The force urges everyone to be part of the solution, underscoring that the safety of the community is a collective responsibility.

More crime prevention info here can be found here: https://orlo.uk/QMegH

If you see anybody acting suspiciously in your area, report it to police via the live web chat or by calling 101. https://orlo.uk/m3Wwv

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