Shropshire People Urged To Tighten Up On Household Security
With the start of the school break coinciding with the current warm spell, police are aware burglars will be looking for opportunities to either sneak-in or to break into homes searching for cash, jewellery and other valuables.
Inspector Jamie Dunn said: "As a general rule, burglars tend to be more active when the weather is dry and hot. It's important that people remain security conscious and are not lax in remembering to lock doors and shut windows when away from home.
"A little bit of thought will go a long way in protecting your home. Many domestic burglaries in Shropshire arise from doors and windows being left insecure and in that sense can be avoided. Don't make it easy for criminals and do report any suspicious behaviour by calling the police on 101."
He added: "We all need to be security conscious, especially this time of year during the holiday season. An unlocked door or open window can make your property a target for those on the lookout for easy pickings."
Inspector Dunn urged people to be on their guard and to follow basic security tips. The following advice will help protect your home:-
- Close and secure all doors and windows when leaving the premises, even when popping out for a few minutes.
- When at home don't leave windows open in areas of the house that are unattended.
- Close all ground floor and easily accessible windows when retiring at night.
Also consider the following:
- Fit and use key lockable locks on all ground floor windows and those that are easily accessible.
- Fit deadlocks (British Standard BS3621) to all external doors. Check your insurance policy - this might be a requirement.
- Prevent intruders getting into your rear garden. Walls and fences should be in good order and ensure that the gate is locked.
- Fit a security light by the front and rear doors.
And when you are away from home on holiday:
- Let a neighbour or friend know you're going away.
- Arrange for them to check on your house - collect mail, open/close curtains.
- Remember to cancel milk and newspapers.
- Encourage a neighbour to park on your drive.
- Use timer switches to turn lights on during the evenings.
- Don't forget your garden! Effective garden security will help keep your home secure.
West Mercia Police runs a Safe & Secure crime prevention campaign all year round, offering advice to the public on how to keep themselves, their homes, gardens and vehicles protected. More information is available on the Force website, http://www.westmercia.police.uk/