first_imgCRIME prevention officer Garda Sergeant Paul Wallace has issued a new warning to today to homeowners over protecting themselves against thieves.Sgt Wallace says some key reminders may help prevent you from becoming the next victim of crime in Donegal.Here’s his article in full. By Garda Sergeant Paul Wallace, Crime Prevention Officer What can you afford to lose this Autumn?Oil Theft: You can’t afford to lose it…..➢ Location of the oil tank: This is an important consideration try to locate close to overlooking windows & ensure the tank is not visible from passing traffic. ➢ Oil Level gauges – Will trigger an audible alarm if the level drops dramatically.➢ Lighting of the area around the oil tank – may deter thieves.➢ Hedging – Defensive planting is nature’s way of assisting with crime prevention ! . Oil thieves will not wish to force their way over a thorny hedge.➢ Securing The Tank : Wooden or metal trellis type fencing / or enclose with block work will assist in target hardening your tank.➢ CCTV: CCTV coverage of the area by an infra red camera may be considered. Residential Crime:➢ Restrict access onto your property; maintain your boundary fences, hedges and walls.➢ Consider installing perimiter lighting which should be solar or time activated – Thieves do not like light.➢ Install a monitored intruder alarm to your home and buildings that are vulnerable. Make sure you use it… ➢ Shopping – Ask at neighbour to look over your property when you are out shopping, (you can also return the favour).Older People:➢ Burglary is the most common crime committed against older people.➢ Keep a sharp eye on strange vehicles in the vicinity of your home & elderly neighbours.➢ Remember older people love to receive a visit, or telephone call it can be that simple.➢ Older people in isolated, rural mountainous areas are especially vulnerable at this time of year.➢ Fit a door viewer or door chain/limiter allows you to check callers but retain security of your home.➢ Don’t keep large amounts of cash in your home, this increases your vulnerability.➢ Get involved in the Good Morning Donegal Project. – Daily telephone to older people or those living alone from various locations in Donegal.National Statistics for Burglaries:30% of all burglaries occur the front door. (23% rear window / 21% rear door)21% of burglars enter through an unsecured door or window. ( 43% via poorly secured windows & doors).23.5% of burglaries occur between 12pm and 4pm. Thursday & Friday most likely daysFurther Crime Prevention information – www.garda.ieIssued by Sergeant Paul Wallace Garda Divisional Crime Prevention Officer, Letterkenny Garda [email protected] CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER ISSUES NEW WARNING ON HOME THEFTS was last modified: October 1st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER ISSUES NEW WARNING ON HOME THEFTSlast_img read more