The plice calling card going through people's doors and windows
Avon and Somerset Police are urging people to put home security at the top of summer to-do list with a new awareness campaign to encourage people to shut and lock their windows and doors in the warm weather, even if they are only in the garden or another room.
The campaign, called Your Home Is Your Castle, also offers helpful advice around how to protect your home and minimise the chances of being burgled while off on your summer hols.
Three people, who live in Avon and Somerset and were unfortunately victims of opportunist burglars in the warm weather, have told their stories to help raise awareness and stop others falling victim to the same situations.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "Being burgled means more than just the inconvenience of an insurance claim and has the potential to ruin your summer.
"Burglary is extremely disruptive and upsetting for the victim and will not be tolerated in Avon and Somerset.
"Tackling burglary and the fear of burglary is one of my priorities highlighted by the Police and Crime Plan. Working together, with the police, probation, prisons, drug services and the criminal justice system, we are committed to bringing burglars to justice.
"It is important that everyone across Avon and Somerset is safe and feels safe in their homes knowing their property is secure, both during the summer months and all year round."
Jon Stratford, lead in the force's fight to tackle burglars, said: "The number of burglaries in Avon and Somerset is thankfully falling every year. However, because it doesn't affect a huge number of people it's easy to become complacent and think it won't happen to you. We just don't think someone will walk in your unlocked door or climb in through an open window.
"But we are not complacent in our mission to stop burglars creating more victims and people at home shouldn't be either.
"Around 30 per cent of all our burglaries could have been avoided because burglars got in through open windows or unlocked doors.
"We don't want people to be terrified in their own homes, but just taking a few sensible precautions could make all the difference and keep an opportunist thief out of your home."
Posters will be put up locally around neighbourhoods to promote the awareness campaign and we will give out postcards at local events over the summer with more information.
Neighbourhood Policing teams will also be popping specially designed alert cards through windows and doors that they spot left open, to make people think.
For more information about the campaign, to read the victims' stories or to see our posters and postcards visit the police dedicated webpage at http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/summer-security
Posted on Tuesday 16th July 2013