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Enjoying the Sunny weather? Think smart and protect your home

Warwickshire Police is appealing to all residents who are enjoying the summer period, to ensure that they keep their homes safe.

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Home security Advice
It's that time of year again when we finally get to bask in the summer weather, last week (Wednesday, 21 June) we saw record temperatures not seen since 1976.

With the hot weather looking to continue, during this time, doors and windows are often left open, making homes an easy target for opportunist thieves.

 

Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Roberts, Tactical Lead for Burglary Crime for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, said:

"During the summer time it's so easy to become complacent with home security.

"The sun is shining, the heat is rising, and you leave your windows at the back of the house open to let it a cool breeze. But here the problem lies.

"There are criminals out there who are just waiting for the opportunity to make off with your goods. Don't make it easy for them - follow our security advice."

Here are a few key tips to keep home and possessions safe when enjoying the summer period.

•    Keep front, patio and back doors closed and locked when you are elsewhere in the house or in the garden.

•    Ensure that all windows and external doors are not only closed but locked at night or when you are out of the house. Even a small window could provide a burglar with an opportunity to reach through and open a larger window to gain access.

•    Remember to close downstairs windows when leaving a room, to deter the opportunist thief.

•    Find out about property marking schemes such as Smartwater If an item is marked it will be much harder for a thief to sell on. Also, if recovered, stolen items can then be returned to their rightful owner.

•    Look out for your neighbours' property if they are away for a few days.

•    Joining your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is good way to meet those living on your street.  Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators help to keep the local groups informed of criminal activity in the community, pass on crime prevention advice and help resolve local issues. Local members are encouraged to keep an eye on what's going and pass on details of suspicious activity.

For more information on how you can keep your home safe from burglars please click here:

Issued 11:45am, Thursday 29 June 2017, Kieren Bodill, Corporate Communications

 

 

 

 

Published 29/06/17