Police teams offer home security advice to beat opportunistic criminals
Officers in this area are asking people to be aware of the dangers of leaving windows and doors open during hot weather so that they do not become victims of opportunistic criminals.
A police spokesman said: ‘Burglary is by and large an opportunistic crime, with burglars looking for a home that offers them the easiest way to commit their crime undetected and with the fewest obstacles to to negotiate.
“In many cases, burglars do not need to use force to gain entry, which can be achieved through an unsecured window or door. So how can you keep your home and belongings safe?
“If you leave, don’t forget to cancel the milk or the newspapers. “Don’t let burglars know you’re away; leave your curtains or blinds open, nothing says more that a house is unoccupied than curtains drawn during the day. If possible, ask a trusted neighbor to close your curtains at night.
“If you don’t already have one, consider getting timer switches and setting your downstairs and upstairs lights to turn on at different times of the day or evening.
“Again, a trusted neighbor picking up your mail and possibly parking their car on your route, while you’re away, will add to your security.
“Don’t talk about your planned vacation on social media – you don’t know who may read your comments or who they might tell.
“Keep your valuables safe, out of sight and not left where they can be seen through a window.
“If you hide valuables in your home, avoid obvious hiding places such as your sock drawer or in a fake tin can in the kitchen – burglars are wise with this trick.
“When dealing with home security, make your home look occupied by leaving a radio on or a light on a timer switch to ring the house and make it look like someone is at home. home, even if you are away.
“Never leave your spare keys in a hiding place such as under a doormat, in a flowerpot or inside a mailbox.
“Make sure you use a burglar alarm (if you have one) every time you leave the house. Don’t leave valuables in plain sight or on window sills and keep your car keys hidden – consider taking them to bed with you at night.
“If your property is stolen, make sure you can describe it to the police by keeping a record and photographs of unique makes, models and serial numbers, etc.
“You can also register all your details on WWW.immobilise.com.
“It is a web-based property registration system approved and searchable by all UK police forces and second-hand dealers.”