Gloucestershire Police are urging people to pay particular care to securing their homes during the warm summer months.
With the natural temptation during any heatwave for people to open windows and cool down their homes, life just gets easier for burglars to enter your undefended home and have a field day.
An added risk is that having opened your windows, you relax in the back garden leaving the field clear for burglars to break inundisturbed.
Police Harm Reduction Advisor Kim Mowday said:
“It’s vital therefore, that residents make a point of securing their homes, shutting all windows and locking all doors when away from the house, out in the garden or even upstairs, and especially during night-time hours.
"People must remember to lock or at least half-lock windows so they aren’t accessible, and consider leaving lights on when out, at the rear of the house or upstairs.
“Our Force Crime Operations team have had some good successes combating tackling burglary in the County in recent months, thanks to the expertise and dedication of our officers, with significant reductions in in Cheltenham and Gloucester, although numbers in the Cotswolds remain high.
“But it is still vital we don’t make life easier for opportunist burglars. Help us to help you. There is a wealth of security advice in the new-look Police website, check it out at https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/staying-safe/keeping-your-home-property-safe/home-security-advice/ . “