Police issue summer theft warning

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Police are reminding householders not to let the improved weather blind them to the importance of home security.

Officers warn that thieves will be looking to take advantage of open or unlocked doors and windows to steal from houses, garages, sheds and other outbuildings.

As you spend time outdoors in the warm weather, doors and windows are often left wide open, providing a ready invitation to passing opportunist thieves who can sneak in and out in a matter of seconds taking valuable property with them.

Considering the fact that people often leave their car keys within arm’s reach of the front door, the potential for a criminal to have instant access to a vehicle worth thousands of pounds is all too obvious.

Here’s some other safety tips to consider:

- For visibility at night, consider sensor-operated lighting which is convenient and an effective deterrent.

- Make it more difficult for criminals to simply unscrew locks or hinges of shed doors by fitting carriage bolts or clutch head security screws. Another method of stopping screws being removed is to fill the heads with epoxy resin.

- If you shed/garage has windows, consider fitting a curtain, or similar, to obscure the view of the shed contents.

- Security mark all equipment with your postcode to increase the likelihood of it being returned if stolen and then subsequently recovered. Marking should be obvious, where possible, although an ultra violet pen can be used for more discreet marking.

- A steel cable threaded through removable property and secured to the building can make it extremely difficult for the thief to steal.

- Consider an intruder alarm for your shed or outbuilding.

- Never leave your shed/garage unlocked.