Being burgled can be very upsetting and frightening. A burglary
is when someone enters your home uninvited and steals things which
don't belong to them. This also includes things you may keep
outside in your shed or garage.
Most burglaries are opportunistic. Burglars will often pick
houses that look empty or insecure.
What can you do?
There are a number of things you can do to help keep your home
- Lock your windows and doors when you go out or go to bed.
- Make sure everyone who lives in your home knows how to lock
windows and doors and does lock them when they go out or go to bed
(including older children who play out after school or on
- Use your house alarm if you've got one.
- Use a light timer switch so it appears you are in when you are
- Make sure you lock your UPVC door properly if you have one -
remember to lift the handle, turn the key and then remove it.
- Keeping your valuables out of sight, away from your windows and
- Lock your shed and/ or garage if you have one.
- Fit a letterbox restrictor to your front door.
- Use a UV pen to mark your valuable items with your postcode and
house number. This will help the police to return these items to
you, should they ever be stolen and later found.
What are we doing?
We are working together with our partner agencies to reduce
burglary across the Borough. We are:
- Continuing to install alleygates across St.Helens to reduce the
potential for rear-entry burglary and help residents feel
- Running an IOM Team which includes additional Probation
staff. Persistent offenders have been both supported to change
their behaviour and targeted if there has been a risk of
- Supporting a numer of specific Police operations to
disrupt and apprehend offenders at times and locations of increased
- Developing marketing and awareness-raising programmes
focusing on burglary and the risk of unlocked doors
- Delivering a Test-on-Arrest programme for those
offenders arrested for burglary offences which provides a
pathway into drug treatment services.