Police urge homeowners to remain vigilant this summer

PUBLISHED: 12:01 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:06 01 August 2013


Keep an eye on your windows and doors.

Devon and Cornwall Police are urging homeowners to be aware of home security on hot and sunny days.

More and more homeowners are leaving their windows and doors open in an attempt to cool down their homes.

This is seen as an opportunity for thieves to break in.

Simple tips such as closing and locking windows and doors when you are away from the property, as well as being careful about the windows that are left open whilst still inside the property, could prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.

Bob Bunney, Devon and Cornwall Police crime reduction lead, said: “During the summer months we do see a marked increase in house burglary reports with entry gained through windows left open in warmer weather.

“Leaving a front door wide open, even when you are at home, provides an ideal opportunity for a criminal to reach inside and steal your valuables such as a wallet, handbag or car keys.”

If you need to report a burglary, contact the police on 101 or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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