Warmer summer weather always brings a national rise in the number of burglaries because residents leave doors and windows open.
To help combat the problem, the Swindon Community Safety Partnership is launching a campaign to help people avoid becoming a burglary victim.
It focuses on the message ‘it only takes a minute’, which is the small amount of time it takes to secure a property, or for a burglar to get in if it’s not been done.
There are a number of events taking place to promote this message
On Wednesday 28 May 10am to 2pm:
In the Brunel Centre (town centre) and
West Swindon District centre between 10am and 2pm;
and Wednesday 29 May, 2pm to 4pm, Ellendune Centre in Wroughton
Simple measures to keep Swindon properties safe and secure include:
Keeping doors and windows locked, even when the home is occupied
Keeping valuables out of view
Making sure the home is locked when residents are in the garden
Locking garages and sheds, and making sure that tools and ladders out are not left out
Clearing cars of valuables and locking it.
Putting packaging for expensive items in the bin or taken to be recycled, rather than left outside to advertise what’s in the house
Cheri Fayers, from the Swindon Community Safety Partnership, said: “ Swindon remains a safe place in which to live and work, but the impact of burglary on victims should not be underestimated
“It’s surprising how many people fall victim to burglary because they leave their home insecure. This can easily be prevented by just taking a minute.
"People need to understand too that any home insurance can be invalid if the burglar gained entry through something being left insecure, such as a door or window. The simple message is lock up or lose out.”