Stay vigilant against opportunistic thieves this summer

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Police are urging residents to stay vigilant against opportunistic thieves targeting homes this summer.

With warmer weather ready to hit the UK in the coming weeks, residents will be tempted to leave doors and windows open – but this could leave you vulnerable to potential burglars on the look-out for an easy target.

There are many ways in which you can best keep your home safe such as:

  • Ensure all windows are closed and locked or, at the very least, use the security measures on some windows which allow you to lock the window when it’s partially open.
  • All external doors should be always secured, even when you are at home.
  • Keep all valuables out of sight and ensure that large amounts of cash are never kept in the home.
  • Always use a chain if you are unsure of the identity of visitors to your home when answering the door – or similar
  • It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your neighbourhood and report any suspicious activity to police.

Chief Superintendent Alison Ross said: “We know the public understand the importance of keeping their home secure but it’s important that we think outside the box with the hot weather imminent.

“It’s tempting to leave a window in the back open or the front door unlocked while you are in the garden or even just to nip up the shop – however there are career thieves out there who look out for these signs and sneak into homes to take expensive and sentimental items while homeowners are blissfully unaware.

“I can’t say enough how important it is for people to be vigilant as burglars will be on the prowl, preying on houses and flats, scoping out the windows or doors that are frequently open.

“Please think twice when leaving a window, door or gate open when sunny weather arrives – to stop yourself from being a target.”

Chief Supt Ross added: “To those thieves thinking about trying to sneak in to homes this summer, know that we will be watching and waiting.

“We will be upping our response and making it incredibly difficult to even think about committing this type of crime here in Cheshire.

“If you are suspected as coming into the county to target homes – we will target you and take action.”

For more home safety tips, visit the Cheshire Police website.

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