A new online virtual neighbourhood tool has been launched on the Thames Valley Police website to further enhance the advice available on crime prevention.
The interactive street illustration, sited in the Home and Garden Security page,
offers advice on how to improve security in six different property locations to prevent burglaries.
The virtual neighbourhood also provides pop-up tips to highlight typical external areas around a property where security can be improved.
Users can zoom in or out on the neighbourhood, and scroll up or down, to access the different areas.
The new tool completes a revamped Crime Prevention section on the website which, as well as Home and Garden Security, also offers advice on a host of topics including Keeping Safe, Identity Fraud, Business Security, Watch Schemes, Vehicle Security, Fire Safety and Rural Security.
Sgt Bryan Percival, Force Crime Prevention Manager, said: “The virtual neighbourhood is the new and welcome addition to our crime prevention tools.
“Many of us prefer images and interactivity, we can better relate to them, we learn from them and they can be fun too.
“Here, our virtual homes, gardens and streets can show you some of the key areas in and around your home which you might want to consider changing or updating in order to make you, your family and your hard-earned possessions safer.”
To use the virtual neighbourhood tool, visit the Crime Prevention section pages on the Force website.