Get 49 times more protection against burglary by installing a ‘WIDE’ combination of security devices*


A 'WIDE' combination includes:

  • Window locks
  • Indoor lights on timer switches
  • Double door locks or deadbolts
  • External lights on a sensor

Speak to us an an event

As we work towards the Police and Crime Plan's 'every crime matters and every contact counts' priority your local officers will be accessible and accountable. You will be able to speak to them at COVID-secure engagements across the county. You can also buy forensic property marking liquids from us at cost price. To see the dates please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Free timer switch devices are also available when you sign up to Your Community Alerts at one of these events.**

Forensic Marking Kit discounts and videos

To see the discount codes and user videos please scroll further down this page

Burglars look for opportunities:

They want to find empty-looking homes, where they can’t be seen by neighbours and where they can get in and out quickly. Take away their opportunities by installing the ‘WIDE’ combination of security devices and by carrying out the following actions:

Is your back gate your weak spot?

2019-10-Burglary-Website---Icon---Gate.png Stop access to your back garden. It is really important. Install strong fences and gates and make sure they are kept locked. Make it difficult for burglars to climb over them by adding trellis and spiky plants. Burglars enjoy the privacy of a back garden as it allows them to spend the time they need to get into your home often by smashing patio doors.


Install CCTV or digital doorbells

2019-10-Burglary-Website---Icon---Gate.png Install external CCTV or digital doorbells. Burglars don’t want to be seen and these devices can capture evidence we can circulate amongst our officers and the public.

See guidance on installing domestic CCTV here at by clicking here.


Can your neighbours see your entrances and exits?

2019-10-Burglary-Website---Icon---Gate.png Increase the visibility of the entrances and exits of your home. Cut back and consider removing any plants, bushes and high fencing that block your neighbour’s view of your home’s access points. Burglars do not want to be seen as they may get caught.



Mark your property with forensic marking liquids

2019-10-Burglary-Website---Icon---Gate.pngUse forensic marking liquids to increase the likelihood of getting your belongings back. These liquids act like DNA evidence and can be used to link recovered property back to you. Popular brands include SelectaDNA and SmartWater.
You may be able to purchase these kits from us directly at a discount (£12.50) as well as through your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.


Check if valuables are on show and close doors and windows

2019-10-Burglary-Website---Icon---Gate.png Check what valuables can be seen from the outside of your home. If there are items that may look tempting to a burglar remove them from view. When you’re not using a room make sure external windows and doors are closed and locked.


Shed, garages and garden items

2019-10-Burglary-Website---Icon---Gate.png Use and upgrade locks to protect your garage/shed and consider installing alarms. Wheelie bins left out the front offer burglars help to get over your fences. Tools and heavy objects left out help them smash or force their way in. Put them away.

Forensic Marking discounts and videos:

These kits allow you to apply a clear liquid with a unique chemical signature to your property. The liquid is odourless, colourless, visible under a UV light and very difficult to remove. It's similar to DNA which means that if your property is ever stolen it can be linked back to you.

If you can't make it to one of our events you can also order these kits directly from suppliers such as SelectaDNA and SmartWater. Other suppliers are also available. The online discount codes and links are below:

SelectaDNA - £25.00 with discount code: NHWGLOU

How to use your SelectaDNA kit:


You can talk to your local officers about any policing concerns at these events as well as purchase heavily discounted forensic marking liquids while stocks last.

Free timer switch devices are also available when you sign up to Your Community Alerts at one of these events.**

Date Location name Area Time
Mon 2 Nov Up Hatherley Cheltenham Cheltenham 10am - 3pm
Tue 3 Nov Cainscross Co-Op, Stroud Stroud 10am - 3pm
Wed 4 Nov Tesco, Stroud Stroud 10am - 3pm
Thu 5 Nov Berkeley (Split day) Stroud TBC
Thu 5 Nov Wotton-under-Edge (Split day) Stroud TBC
Fri 6 Nov Cam, Tesco Stroud 10am - 3pm
Sat 7 Nov Whiteshill (Split day) Stroud TBC
Sat 7 Nov Paganhill, Stroud (Split day) Stroud TBC
Sun 8 Nov Gloucester City Centre, Kings Square Gloucester 10am - 3pm
Mon 9 Nov Cinderford, Co-Op Forest of Dean 10am - 3pm
Tue 10 Nov (AM) Chipping Campden, Back Lanes (Split day) Cotswolds TBC
Tue 10 Nov (PM) Moreton-in-Marsh, High Street (Split day) Cotswolds TBC
Thu 12 Nov (AM) Bream (Split day) Stroud TBC
Thu 12 Nov (PM) Yorkley (Split day) Stroud TBC
Fri 13 Nov Tetbury, Tesco Stroud 10am - 3pm
Fri 13 Nov Churchdown Tesco Tewkesbury/Gloucester 10am - 3pm
Sat 14 Nov Prestbury Library, Cheltenham Cheltenham 10am - 3pm
Sat 14 Nov Kingswalk Shopping Centre Gloucester 9am - 11am
Sat 14 Nov Abbeydale, Morrisons Gloucester 1pm - 3pm
Sun 15 Nov Cheltenham Town Centre Cheltenham 10am - 3pm
Sun 15 Nov Quedgeley, Tesco Gloucester 9am - 11am
Sun 15 Nov Hucclecote Police Station Gloucester 1pm - 3pm
Tue 17 Nov Bishops Cleeve Tewkesbury 10am - 3pm
Tue 17 Nov Barton Street, Friendship Cafe Gloucester 5pm - 6:30pm
Tue 17 Nov Longlevens, Co-Op Gloucester 7pm - 8:30pm
Wed 18 Nov Charlton Kings, Cheltenham Cheltenham 10am - 3pm
Wed 18 Nov Dursley, Sainsbury's Stroud 10am - 3pm
Thu 19 Nov Kingsway ASDA, Gloucester Gloucester 10am - 3pm
Thu 19 Nov Unknown location TBC Gloucester 5pm - 8pm
Fri 20 Nov Monkscroft Cheltenham 10am - 3pm
Sat 21 Nov Cirencester, Brewery Courtyard Cotswolds 10am - 3pm
Sun 22 Nov Tewkesbury Morrisons Tewkesbury 10am - 3pm
Mon 23 Nov Lydney, Albert Street Car park Forest of Dean 10am - 3pm
Tue 24 Nov Cornerstones, Whaddon, Cheltenham Cheltenham 10am - 3pm
Thu 26 Nov (AM) Fairford, Town centre (Split day) Cotswolds TBC
Thu 26 Nov (PM) Chedworth Village Hall (Split day) Cotswolds TBC
Fri 27 Nov Abbeydale, Gloucester Gloucester 10am - 3pm
Sun 29 Nov Stroud, Cainscross Stroud 10am - 3pm
Mon 30 Nov Newent, Market Place Forest of Dean TBC
Tue 1 Dec Brockworth, Tesco Tewkesbury/Gloucester 10am - 3pm
Fri 4 Dec Winchcombe, Library Tewkesbury 10am - 3pm
Sat 5 Dec Kingswalk Shopping Centre Gloucester 9am - 11am
Sat 5 Dec Abbeydale, Morrisons Gloucester 1pm - 3pm
Sat 5 Dec Gloucester Docks Gloucester 10am - 3pm
Sun 6 Dec Churchdown, Tesco Tewkesbury/Gloucester 10am - 3pm
Sun 6 Dec Quedgeley, Tesco Gloucester 9am - 11am
Sun 6 Dec Hucclecote Police Station Gloucester 1pm - 3pm
Mon 7 Dec (AM) Stow, Tesco Cotswolds 10am - 12pm
Mon 7 Dec (PM) Bourton Co-Op Cotswolds 1pm - 3pm
Tue 8 Dec Stroud, Tesco Stroud 10am - 3pm
Wed 9 Dec Drybrook (Split day) Forest of Dean TBC
Wed 9 Dec Mitcheldean (Split day) Forest of Dean TBC
Fri 11 Dec Nailsworth, Bus Station Car Park Stroud 10am - 3pm
Sat 12 Dec Tewkesbury Morrison's Tewkesbury 10am - 3pm
Sun 13 Dec Coleford, Clock Tower Forest of Dean 10am - 3pm

Your Community Alerts

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Victim Support

Have you been a victim of burglary?

Visit Victim Support to see what help is available for you:



Have you been a witness of burglary and want to report through a partner agency?

Give information anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


* Tseloni, A., Thompson, R., Grove, L., Tilley, N. and Farrell, G. (2017). 49x more protection compared to no devices being installed.

** Free timer switches are available only at the listed engagement vehicle events when you sign up for the Your Community Alerts messaging service, while stocks last. If you have already signed up you can claim one free timer switch after showing an officer or staff member an e-mail you have received from the service.