Home Security Advice



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Home Security Advice

Hi, I’m PC Neil Bourn

I have been a serving surrey police officer since 2003, I started my career at Esher police station on response dealing with all emergency crimes. In 2009 I left response and joined the neighbourhood team for Hersham, which is still my current role, If you see me out and about please say hello and if you have any local issues you wish to discuss then I will be happy to help.

I have written the following advice on home security which I hope you will find useful.

A burglary at home is a distressing and devastating experience that can impact on your whole family. Despite this, many homes are remarkably insecure. One-in-three burglars don’t have to force their way in – they get in through an open door or window.

Removing this kind of temptation would prevent an estimated 90% of all burglaries.

Check your windows

  • Ensure your windows and window frames are in good condition.
  • Fit window locks – thieves hate attracting attention by breaking glass.
  • Always lock your windows when you leave home and double check that French windows and patio doors are secure.
  • Ensure sliding patio doors that slide on the outside cannot simply be lifted up and off the runners by potential offenders.

Lighting-up time

Making potential thieves feel exposed when approaching your property can help reduce the risk of a burglary.

  • Install low wattage lighting that comes on automatically at dusk and goes off at dawn.
  • Locate lights carefully so they don’t create dark shadowed areas that could provide hiding places for thieves.
  • If your going away use an automatic timer switch to turn interior lights on and off. Also ask a trusted neighbour to park their car on your driveway if you have one.

Internal security advice

  • Do not leave car, door or window keys on view. Never leave keys within reach of a letterbox or window.
  • Never leave spare keys in an obvious place, such as under a flower pot or a doormat. Leave them with a trusted neighbour or relative instead.
  • Move valuable items away from windows and put them out of sight.

And the main one, Fit a burglar alarm.

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PC Neil Bourn

I have been a serving surrey police officer since 2003, I started my career at Esher police station on response dealing with all emergency crimes. In 2009 I left response and joined the neighbourhood team for Hersham, which is still my current role. In 2012 I received a chiefs commendation in relation to an incident at Sandown Park whereby I was first officer on scene at a stabbing to a male in his throat, due to my actions at scene his life was saved.
My current role as the Hersham neighbourhood officer I enjoy very much, its old style policing which suits me as the person I am. I enjoy speaking with all the residents in Hersham and carry out local meet the beats,whereby residents can come and chat to me about problems they have, this is very successful. I also carry out school patrols and attend most invites in Hersham. In the summer which not to many people know about I help St Peters church with fund raising, I raffle myself off, well my time for the day, this has been far to successful, and over the last three years of doing this have raised over £6000 for the church.

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