Summer burglary risk

 As temperatures start to rise, so too can burglary rates.

People hoping to tempt in a breeze are leaving windows and doors open, then forgetting to close them when going out or sitting in the back garden. Here are a few things that the police recommend to keep in mind during the summer months:

  • Keep ground floor or accessible windows shut and locked in rooms you are not using.
  • Don't leave doors and patio doors open.
  • Remember to lock up properly before going to bed.
  • Remember, insurance companies often will not pay out if a burglary is a result of an insecure door or window.
  • If you are carrying out D.I.Y. to your home, don't leave ladders and tools out. Keep them locked up.
  • Make sure you lock side or rear gates.
  • Do not do business at the door. Often companies who tout at the door for gardening and home improvements turn out to be bogus.
  • If you are in the back garden having a barbecue, don't be tempted to leave the front door open for your visitors to let themselves in.
  • If you are going out for the evening remember to use a timer switch on lamps or radios to give the impression someone is home.

Other points to remember as the weather heats up:

  • Going cycling? Remember to lock your bike using a decent D-lock even if leaving it for a couple of minutes.
  • Remember to shut and lock car windows and sunroofs even if parked on your drive.
  • If you are gardening, don't be tempted to leave doors and accessible windows open.
  • Check the security of sheds and garages and make sure it is adequate.
  • Check that your walls and fences are secure.
  • Don't leave power tools lying around, even if just for a couple of minutes.
  • If you are buying new garden tools or outside equipment mark with them with your postcode and register for free at