Police are reminding people not to leave their home open to
thieves this summer as the country basks in hot weather.
the onset of the school summer holidays and the hot weather it can be easy to
forget to take a few home security measures, yet open windows and doors are
often an open invitation for thieves.
Simple steps such as closing a window when you go out and locking doors can
make all the difference and help prevent a house being targeted.
Holiday makers are also advised to take time to consider home security before
they go away to give them peace of mind while they’re on holiday.
The advice forms part of We Don’t Buy Crime, West Mercia Police’s response to
tackling serious acquisitive crime which includes crimes such as burglary and
Sergeant Ram Aston, from the We
Don’t Buy Crime team, said: “We Don’t Buy Crime continues
to go from strength to strength with more and more areas signing up as part of
our towns and villages initiative which sees whole communities protected by
forensic property marking technology which acts as a great deterrent to
criminals. So far this year we’ve seen some considerable reductions in house
burglaries but this doesn’t mean we’re complacent and we want to make sure
everything is being done to help prevent someone from becoming a victim to
“Crime prevention is absolutely crucial and anything residents can do to
help protect their home can help make a difference. It can be easy in the
summer months, especially when the weather is warm, to forget you’ve opened a
window or left the back door open before you go out or go to bed. It only takes
a few moment to double check but could help prevent your home being targeted.
If you’re in the back garden, make sure you haven’t left any ground floor
windows open at the front of the house and always make sure valuable items,
such as car keys, mobile phones or wallets, are not in easy reach of an open
“If you’re going away make sure the house is locked up before you go and
the burglar alarm is set. Hide any valuable items from view from the outside
and don’t leave anything in the garden that could potentially be used to gain
entry into your home. Be mindful of where you store your wheelie bin too and
consider if it could be used for someone to climb on and access an upstairs
window or used to climb over into the garden. If you’re leaving the car at home
and have a garage, park it in the garage while you’re away rather than on the
drive and if you’ve got gates close and lock them with a good quality lock.”
In addition to We Don’t Buy Crime towns and villages police carry out a range
of covert tactics to catch thieves and work with second hand stores to make it
more difficult for thieves to sell on stolen goods.
Sgt Aston added: “We Don’t Buy Crime essentially aims to put criminals out
of business and we have a range of tactics at our disposal which are both overt
and covert to not just prevent acquisitive crime in the first place but catch
those who are responsible when they do happen and want to send a clear message
to thieves that we are utilising a range of methods to target them.”
For more crime prevention advice visit https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/1955/Home