Police are reminding residents to be security conscious as the summer approaches.
With people more tempted to leave their doors and windows open to enjoy the nicer weather, Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin, who covers Bolsover, said: “The number of house burglaries tends to rise during the summer months as opportunistic thieves take advantage of people who leave their homes insecure while in the garden or in another part of the house.
“We would like to remind people just to remember to keep their doors and windows closed and locked if they are outside, upstairs or even overnight. Reduce the opportunities for a thief to get into your home.”
Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams will be holding crime prevention events throughout the summer months.
The summer time security advice and tips include:
- Making sure doors and windows are locked.
- Keeping windows are closed at night time, even when you are in bed and investing in window locks for ground floor windows
- Keeping any side or rear garden gates locked at all times.
- Installing an alarm and security lights around your home to help deter burglars.
- Not leaving car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox or windows.
- Security marking any valuables and registering them. You should also record any serial numbers.
- Tiding away any garden tools after using them and always keeping sheds and outbuildings locked.
Insp Dakin added: “It is very pleasing to see that the number of victims of crime, and burglary, in the division has fallen over the past 10 years but prevention is so important in helping us to reduce these levels further.”
During June, July and August 2012, police in Bolsover, North East Derbyshire and Amber Valley area recorded a total of 235 burglaries at homes, around a 10 per cent reduction on those in the same period during 2011.
For advice on crime prevention click here or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team by calling 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police.