Police issue summer safety warning

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Residents are being warned to take extra care and lock their doors and windows now the warmer weather is here.

During the summer months, police often see a rise in burglary as

people are tempted to leave their leave windows and doors open during

the day and into the evening.

Police will be patrolling local neighbourhoods offering crime

prevention advice to local residents and officers will be handing out

leaflets to residents in hotspot areas.

Officers are urging residents to lock the doors and windows of their

homes and cars and to report anything suspicious.

Detective Inspector Vinnie De Curtis said: “We tend to see a seasonal

rise in burglary and theft during the summer months due to people

leaving their windows open as they go to bed at night.

“An open window or door can often be an invitation to thieves who are

then able to get into people’s homes without causing a disturbance.

“This isn’t just about reducing burglary. It’s about reducing the

upset and distress that comes with having a stranger in your home

ransacking your private things and taking not only your valuables but

items that are very personal and irreplaceable.

“The same message applies to cars – remove valuables from the car and

get rid of any signs – such as suction marks on the windscreen or MP3

cables – that show that valuables have been in the car as a thief may

assume you have stored them in the glove box. People who do leave

their cars insecure also risk invalidating their insurance as some

companies may refuse to pay out if people have left them unlocked.

“I urge local residents to be extra vigilant over the summer months

and to report anything suspicious.”

Police have issued the following advice to help people avoid falling

victim to thieves;

· Keep the front and back doors of their homes locked and

windows closed at all times.

· If windows are open keep them on the latch so that they

cannot be opened further from outside.

· Fit a door chain and use it whenever you answer the door to

an unexpected caller.

· Keep side gates locked.

· Use a strong lock on sheds, garages and other outbuildings.

· Consider fitting outdoor security lighting.

· Keep an eye on neighbouring properties and if you see

anything suspicious contact police.

Anyone with information or concerns can contact police on 101 or

Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.