Wiltshire Police are appealing to the public to be more security conscious about their homes as the hot weather continues.
As a result of the warmer weather, homeowners open their windows and doors, but often forget the risks associated with leaving valuable items within arms reach. Opportunist thieves will gladly take advantage of this.
Inspector Charlie Ducker said: “It only takes a moment for an opportunist to reach through an open window and steel a purse, phone or item of jewellery left on or near to the window sill.
"Of course we want people to enjoy the hot weather, but I urge them to stop for a moment and think how they can reduce the risks of becoming a victim of acquisitive crime.
"By spending a little time to place items of value out of sight and out of reach of the opportunist, you can significantly reduce the risk of having those things stolen”.
Security advice in warmer weather:
• Never leave an external door, patio doors, ground floor window or accessible windows open without someone in that room.
• Keep all windows closed and locked when you are not at home – even the upstairs windows.
• Check that all ground floor and accessible windows and doors are locked closed before you go to bed.
• Don’t leave any valuable items in a convertible vehicle when the roof is down.
• Check that your vehicle windows, sunroofs and doors are shut and locked when not in use and take all valuable property out of the vehicle.
• When out for a bike ride, use a good quality lock to secure you bicycle and always lock your bicycle to a solid anchored object.
• Put your bikes away when you are not using them at home – don’t leave them on show in the garden without supervision.
• Put your BBQ away when not in use. There is a potential second hand market in the warm weather
• Never leave a dog or other animal in a vehicle in hot weather.
For more security advice, contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 or visit www.wiltshire.police.uk.