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Getting set for summer

As the nights get lighter and the days get warmer, we are urging people to remain security aware.

As the weather improves, we are all more likely to have windows or doors open but this can provide an opportunity for thieves to take advantage.

With this in mind, we are keen to remind people to take precautions to prevent would-be burglars making the most of easier access to our homes.

More than a third of burglaries in the force area are opportunistic with a thief gaining access through an open window or unlocked door when the householder is out, in the garden or in another part of the house.

To help raise awareness of the issue, an officer took to the streets in his beat area to highlight the sort of opportunities a thief could take advantage of.

Watch the video below to see how he got on.

To prevent opportunistic burglars helping themselves to your belongings follow the top tips below:

  • Keep doors locked and windows shut when you are in another part of the house or in the garden
  • Shut and lock doors and windows when you are away from the house
  • Consider using plug timers for lights and radios to give the appearance of people being at home
  • Don’t leave valuables on display in your windows or near doors – especially those with cat flaps
  • Register your valuables on

Important: If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, or believe a burglary is in progress, call 999.

If you discover a burglary has already occurred, you can report it to us online or by calling 101.

For more security advice see our feature.