A convicted burglar has spoken out to warn students returning from the Christmas break to protect their new gadgets.
According to 33-year-old Peter Findlay who has served 4 years in prison for burglary, students are a ‘ridiculously easy’ target, particularly in January when student accommodation is filled with new laptops, iPods and other expensive equipment.
Peter is now working with West Yorkshire Probation and West Yorkshire Police to turn his life around and has agreed to take part in a short video advising the public of the simple measures they can take to protect their belongings and avoid becoming victims of burglary.
In the video, Peter explains how student homes in particular can be easy to break into thanks to unlocked or poorly maintained doors and windows and expensive equipment being left on display.
West Yorkshire Police is seeing a reduction in burglaries with 485 fewer burglaries in November 2011 compared to the same month in the previous year. However, January traditionally sees a rise in the number of reports.
The Force is keen for people to take note of these simple crime prevention tips;
Lock all of your doors and windows even when you’re in.
Remove keys from all locks.
Property-mark all of your expensive items using a UV pen.
Keep your belongings hidden in a safe and secure place. Do not leave them on show!
Chief Superintendent Simon Willsher, head of the Force’s Local Policing Support Department, said: “Every year people’s homes are targeted by burglars who are on the lookout for Christmas gifts and sale bargains.
“Some simple steps to keep expensive items out of sight and prevent easy access to your home will deter criminals. We also encourage neighbours to look out for and repeat suspicious activity.
“This latest video provides a first hand account of what burglars look for and why students in particular are so susceptible to becoming a burglary victim. It is important to listen to and take note of what Peter is saying. He knows as well as anyone about what a burglar looks for.
“I encourage everyone to watch this brief video and not let a burglar ruin your new year.”
For more information contact Sarah Barthorpe in the HQ Press Office on 01924 292045.
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