Be vigilant against opportunist burglars in Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Police are warning residents to be vigilant and guard against opportunist burglars taking advantage of the recent lockdown easing as people venture out over the Easter school holidays.
The force has two burglary teams who are dedicated to tackling the invasive crime and their relentless work, combined with the impact of more people staying at home in line with Covid regulations, has helped drive offences down by 35 per cent in the last year.
The force is keen to ensure burglary stays on a downward trend by reminding residents to check their security and make it as difficult as possible for burglars by taking a few simple precautions.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Waldram, Nottinghamshire Police’s lead for burglary, said: "Burglars are often opportunistic thieves, looking for the easiest way of getting into your home without being seen or disturbed.
"We can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure your front and back doors and your windows are kept locked, even when you’re in the house.
"There are also steps people can take to remove the temptation for burglars by keeping possessions out of sight and making it seem like someone’s at home.”
Some simple crime prevention tips for your home include making sure that all of your door and window locks are working properly and ensure that doors and windows are locked at all times, if you’re out all day use a timer switch to operate the lights to make it look like someone is at home.
Change the times that the lights come on to simulate an occupied home. Drawing the curtains or closing blinds, preventing people from looking into your home, can also help make a difference.
Make sure your front door is well lit. Use dusk to dawn lighting that automatically comes on as it gets dark. Don't open your door unless you know who it is - use a door spy hole or door chain.
Visible burglar alarms and carefully directed security lighting can deter burglars. Make sure alarms stop sounding after 20 minutes and lights don’t disturb your neighbours.
If you see somebody acting suspiciously report it to the police immediately by calling 101 or, in an emergency, call 999.