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Police cadets help keep Bromley homes safe

PUBLISHED: 11:33 08 August 2012 | UPDATED: 11:41 08 August 2012

Volunteer police cadets will be at various locations across the borough today to hand out advice on how to prevent burglarly as part of a local initiative.

The youngsters, all aged between 14 and 17, will pass out flyers and home security packs to residents and shoppers - as well as delivering them to local homes.

The initiative will be continued each Wednesday for the next six weeks.

Sgt Phillip Spaul from Bromley Police said: “The cadets love these types of events but more importantly members of the public really appreciate seeing them.”

The cadets regularly help with community and high profile events, including stewarding at the Olympics, the royal wedding and remembrance Sunday.

As part of the anti-burglary initiative, Bromley Police have released their top 10 tips to keep your homes safe:

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.

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