Crime Prevention: Top Tips on Preventing Summer Walk In Burglaries

This month the Crime Prevention team are focusing on ‘Walk in Burglaries’ - which, as the name suggests, means that the burglar has simply entered your home through an unlocked door or window. A staggering 1 in 3 burglaries are via this method.

We are offering our top tips and advice on keeping your home safe and secure during the summer months.

Something that some people still aren’t doing is ensuring that their doors are locked. We often see an increase in walk in burglaries as the sun comes out whilst householders are making the most of the sunshine and eating outdoors.

So, this month the advice is simple; LOCK IT or LOSE IT. We advise you get into the habit of locking your doors and removing keys and keeping these keys in a safe place.

A lot of car keys are also stolen using the walk in method; this is often called a ‘2 in 1’ burglary - car keys are often ‘fished’ through a letter box.

Here are some of our top tips:

·         Get into the habit of locking your doors and windows,

·         Don’t leave keys in or by the door and keep them out of sight in a safe place,

·         Secure your windows,

·         Many burglar alarms have a ‘chime’ feature. If there is a contact on your front door, this can generally be programmed to make a sound when the door is opened, however, don’t rely on this method alone,

·         Set your alarm overnight.

Burglary can have a devastating effect on the victim. Follow these simple steps to keep you, your family and belongings safe.

If you have any information about a crime contact:

Police on 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111

Kind Regards

The Crime Prevention Team