Hot Weather Security Tips From Police In North Worcestershire
Police in North Worcestershire are sending out a reminder to residents to keep their homes safe as the temperatures start to rise this week.
Many homes are left vulnerable to burglars by householders tempted to leave doors and windows open in their attempts to keep cool.
North Worcestershire Crime Risk Advisor said: "Up to half of all burglaries are committed by thieves who enter homes through an unlocked door or an open window and there is traditionally a spike in the number of crimes during heat waves.
"While the West Mercia area is generally a safe place to live, it is important we all make sure thieves don't have an opportunity to spoil our enjoyment of the summer - while you're relaxing over the weekend, be careful not to relax your personal security.
"Keep doors locked at all times when not in use and don't leave accessible windows open in unoccupied rooms. For example, if you are in the garden and leave the front door open, it would only take a matter of seconds for an opportunist thief to walk in and grab any valuables left lying round.
"Remember to lock up properly before going to bed and only leave upstairs windows open and in rooms where people are sleeping."
Residents who are going away over the summer are also reminded to make sure their house looks lived in. Take the following simple steps to make sure your property is less vulnerable to burglars and you can enjoy your holiday with peace of mind:
- Use timer switches/sensors to turn lights on in the evenings while you are out;
- Invest in external lighting;
- Mark your belongings with your postcode and house number;
- If you have an alarm, set it when you leave the house;
- Ensure newspapers, post, milk etc, are not left on display;
- Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your home while you're away
Issued: Wednesday, 23 May 2012