Property Crime - what does it mean?

There are a number of different property crimes not just having your house burgled.

Domestic Burglary

Probably the best known of all the various property crimes.  This is where someone breaks into your home and steals your belongings.  A singularly unpleasant experience and one which sometimes happens despite your best efforts to protect your property - you may recall Her Majesty had an unexpected visitor back in 1982 in the shape of Michael Fagin who managed to elude the Buckingham Palace security system, shin up a drainpipe and break into the Queen's bedroom.  However perhaps if she'd fitted a window lock it may not have happened.  You can protect your property and our Crime Prevention Officer has some good information on how to do it.

Non-Dwelling Burglary

This would typically be someone breaking into your shed or garage.  Again, not a good experience but if you visit our Crime Prevention page you may get some good hints on how to protect your property.

Theft of a Motor Vehicle

This one is fairly self-explanatory - someone steals your car. 

Theft from a Motor Vehicle

This does what it says on the box - someone has broken a window of your car or forced the boot open and stolen your stuff.   Please help us to bring down the numbers on this type of crime -

  • Keep a duster in the car and when you put your SatNav in your glove-box, wipe the mark away;
  • Don't leave valuables on show - put the laptop in the boot where it can't be seen;
  • Mark sure you lock your car and arm the alarm - easy to forget if you're in a hurry;
  • When parking at night try to park in a well-lit area - thieves prefer the dark!


This crime doesn't obviously affect individuals - but were you aware that some stores add a penny or two to their prices to cover the loss of items from their shops?  So, in a way, it does affect the pound in your pocket.  If you see someone putting goods in their pocket please don't be afraid to let shop staff know.

If we have identified a hot spot where a number of shops are being targeted by shoplifters, we can work closely with the owners of the shops and provide them with Alert Boxes this enables the shopkeepers to warn other shops in the area that a known shoplifter is in the vicinity and to keep an eye open for them.

Prevention is better than cure

We also have a Crime Prevention Officer and Community Safety Officers who are trained in Crime Prevention and can give advice on how to make your home more secure from fitting window locks to planting prickly bushes outside windows etc.