You might be busy thinking about building sandcastles on the beach this summer but we want you to remember Your Home Is Your Castle, and help minimise the chances of being burgled while on your summer holidays.
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.
"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."
DCI Gary Haskins, lead in the force’s fight to tackle burglars, said: “There’s so much to think about during the summer holidays, keeping the kids entertained, getting everything ready if you're going away and even the back to school stuff, which means we can often forget about home security.
“In the summer months we see an increase in burglaries where windows or doors are left open, because of the warmer days and nights.
“Around a third of all our burglaries involve offenders getting 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.”
- 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 immobilise.com
For more information on how to protect your home and property click here and visit the advice section of Avon and Somerset Police’s website.
Posted on Tuesday 16th August 2016