An increase in the number burglaries reported to police over recent weeks has prompted officers to provide tips and advice on how to keep your belongings safe and not make it easy for thieves.
As part of the action taken to catch the offenders and reduce this rise, police have issued these tips and advice to help keep your home safe:
• Make sure your car keys and personal belongings are kept out of site and cannot be seen through doors and windows
• Use security lights and timers during dark nights to keep your home well lit
• Ensure all doors and windows are locked when your leave the house and use alarms if you have them
• Make sure all locks are in good working order and cannot be tampered with
• Don’t leave valuables in cars and vans, either take them with you or put them in a locked glove compartment
• Lock garden gates and sheds – making sure all valuables are secured and out of view
• Don’t leave your car unattended and running whilst defrosting on cold mornings
Force lead for burglary Detective Chief Inspector Jade Brice, has said: “Although there has been an increase in burglaries reported, we are currently investigating all of the incidents and have a number of lines of enquiry that we are following up.
“The advice we have issued is aimed to raise awareness and advice on how to keep your homes, cars and belongings safe. We do not want anyone to be a victim of burglary and I would urge everyone, where possible, to take all action to not make it easy for thieves.
“As a force we are committed to tackling burglary and will do everything within our power to keep all of our residents and their property safe.
“If you would like to report a burglary, or have seen anything suspicious in your area, please contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”