Some useful advice on burglary prevention has arrived from the Met police:
Burglary continues to fall, despite this, it remains one of our top priorities. Our dedicated Burglary Team are working hard to arrest known offenders and investigate burglaries thoroughly. They are fully supported by an equally dedicated Forensics Team who aim to attend all residential burglary scenes as soon as possible or at a time convenient to the victim and are available 24 hours a day.
Since April 2009, the Forensics Team has helped solve and detect 22 burglaries as a direct result of identifying suspects through forensic evidence from crime scenes.
If you are the victim of a burglary it is very important to preserve the scene.
Do not touch or move any thing until the scene has been thoroughly examined. If you must touch something, if possible, wear gloves and preserve items touched or left by suspects e.g. doors, blood, glasses or tools they may have used.
Here are some simple steps to protect you and your home.
Before you go out or go to bed check that all accessible windows and doors are securely closed and locked.
Know where your keys are at all times in case you need to leave in an emergency, but donâ€™t leave them or any valuables in view or within easy reach of a window or door.
Unless you are in the same room do not leave windows and doors open or unlocked, particularly if you are on the ground or first floor.
Lock away ladders, garden tools and other items that burglars could use to force entry.
Senior citizens especially should ensure that any strangers knocking at the door saying they are workmen show correct identification. Residents can check with the local council on 020 7527 2000 whether any maintenance work is being carried out in their area.
A simple test of home security is â€¢ if you can get into your home without keys â€¢ so can a burglar.
More detailed advice can be seen at http://www.met.police.uk/crime prevention or by contacting Islington Police Crime Prevention Office on 020 7421 0674.