05/05/2016

Warning to Prevent Thefts from Vehicles & Insecure Burglaries in the Warm Weather

With warmer weather on the way, police are issuing a reminder to people to keep their windows and doors secure in their homes and vehicles to prevent ...

..... insecure burglaries and thefts from vehicles.

Officers are also reminding people to keep valuables in vehicles out of sight during hot weather as it provides the perfect opportunity for thieves to target your car.

Crime Prevention and Architectural Liaison Officer, Steve Cranston, said: “If doors are unlocked or windows are left open then thieves will take full advantage of this and will steal your possessions. This is why it is important to keep your house and car secure and to not to leave anything of value in sight.

“It only takes a few seconds for a criminal to steal from your car or property. Insurance companies could also deem insurance to be invalid where a vehicle or a home has been left insecure.

“We would recommend keeping windows and doors of homes locked at all times and to keep vehicles secure and to move items such as sat navs, mobile phones, tablets car keys and cash well out of sight.”

Officers have already issued advice around not leaving car keys close to front doors in order to deter burglars from trying to steal them through letter boxes.