By Isa Hemphrey
This week The River reported on police statistics that revealed residential burglaries have risen by a third in Kingston this year.
The web page police.uk have maps that help you see if your area is prone to burglary.
Areas around Kingston Bridge House and Penrhyn Road have been identified as hotspots for this sort of crime, so the River Online has compiled simple tips and information to keep your student home safe.
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• Offers 24 hour mobile phone and laptop replacement.
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The Metropolitan police also gave the following tips to keep your home safe.
1. Side gates open
2. Accessible windows open
3. Ladders left out, allowing access to otherwise inaccessible windows
4. Garden tools available to force entry
5. Untrimmed hedges or high fences preventing natural surveillance
For more information go to: http://www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention/burglary.htm
To report your own burglary and add to The River Online’s crime map, go to: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&q=google&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl