Burglaries up by a third in Northamptonshire in one year, new figures reveal

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Image: Northamptonshire Police

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Domestic burglaries in this county have risen by 30 percent in one year, according to Northamptonshire Police figures.

In the last 12 months, 2015-2016, there were 2,947 burglaries at homes in Northamptonshire, which is an increase on the 2,259 the previous year, 2014/15.

In 2016, July and August saw the most burglaries (604), closely followed by January and February (528).

Following the publication of the figures, the joint Prevention and Community Protection department, which comprises Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, are warning people to protect their homes.

Prevention team leader Paul Golley said: “In the run-up to Christmas, many people bring valuable items into their homes to give as gifts. It is always important to remind people at this time of year not to leave their presents on display, where they can easily be seen through a window or door.

“Also, once Christmas is over, it is always good to remember to carefully fold any cardboard boxes that may give away the kind of valuable new items you may have in your house, when put out for recycling.

“If people do know someone who is elderly or vulnerable, an extra show of Christmas kindness to them could be to offer some assistance in making sure they are secure and safe in their homes; are they locking their doors and keeping valuables safe, for example?”