With Suffolk set to enjoy even more warm weather, police are reminding people to consider their home and vehicle security as a number of reported burglaries in the county during April and May this year were as a result of insecurities.
Of the 222 burglaries reported to police over the two months, 51 were due to a lack of security. This compares to 65 out of 185 reported in the same period last year which represents an almost 12% decrease in the proportion of burglaries. Many of the 51 burglaries were due to a lack of security with insecure windows and doors being deemed as two of the main ways in which opportunist thieves gained access to homes and vehicles.
Detective Superintendent Andy Smith said: “Although we have seen a drop in insecure burglaries, it will come as no surprise that the summer months are always popular for thieves and with warmer weather on the way, it is likely many of us will spend more time outdoors. Therefore, it’s important that we all continue to take security seriously and lock up – even if you’re in another area of the house or in the garden.
“Thieves are opportunist and operate quickly. Typically, they will look for the easy option by looking for gaps in security and are often not afraid to try door locks. If they see an easy way to enter a property and steal something valuable, sadly, they’ll take it so I would urge people not to leave valuable items such as laptops and jewellery in view of windows.
“Remember to keep garages and outbuildings secure too as burglars look for utensils to help them break into homes. Be neighbourly by looking out for your local community and always report any suspicious activity to police. If you believe a burglary to be in progress always dial 999.”
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “With the fine weather that’s forecast for the coming weeks, it is only natural that we all want to open windows and doors to enjoy the sunshine, but I would ask everyone to be aware of their home security so we don’t give burglars the opportunity to pounce.
“Suffolk is a safe place to live and we want to keep it that way. If we could all take a little time to read the constabulary’s simple tips and check our homes and garages are secure, we will hopefully reduce the number of these opportunist burglaries and have a summer to remember for the right reasons.”
Suffolk police offers the following advice to residents:
• Lock all doors and remove the keys before leaving the house.
• Make your home look lived in – use timer switches if you’re not home.
• Keep your valuables, jewellery, cash, passport and deeds to your property in a safe.
For more security advice visit https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z
Anyone with information about thieves operating in their area should contact Suffolk police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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Police Connect Team