Northamptonshire Police warning to lock windows and doors during winter

Police are aiming to beat the burglars.

Police are aiming to beat the burglars.

Detectives are warning residents not to be complacent about leaving their home open to burglars following a nine per cent fall in break-ins.

Since April, there have been 167 fewer reporter burglaries across the county compared with the same period last year – a fall of 8.5 per cent.

However, police often see an increase in reported burglaries during the winter months and are encouraging the public to help cut crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster said the support of the public is essential in helping to reduce crime.

He said: “Reminding people to lock up may seem unnecessary but, in the past year, nearly one in three homes have been burgled because a door has been left unlocked or a window open.

“We can’t be absolutely sure the burglary wouldn’t have happened anyway but it would have certainly made it more difficult, and it’s very likely the opportunist burglar would simply move on to see if he could find an easier target.

“Burglary is an invasive and upsetting crime and if it helps reduce the number of people who become victims by simply encouraging them to make sure they lock up properly, we’ll carrying on giving out these messages.

“However, we know a lot of burglaries happen even when doors and window are secure. There are many ways to make your home less attractive to burglars and, over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing lots of crime prevention advice to help people better protect their home and property.”

Northamptonshire Police will launch a new campaign, Operation Lock It, next week with a ‘week of action’.

Officers will be targeting known burglars, carrying out increased patrols in areas where burglaries are more likely to happen and giving out crime prevention advice.

Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds added: “Reducing burglary and other acquisitive crime is a priority in my crime and policing plan and officers have been working hard to target some of our most prolific burglars, with several successful convictions.

“But there is still more we can achieve and public support is crucial. As well as working together to make sure people’s homes and property are as safe and secure as possible, we need people to feel confident about reporting crime to us and telling us what they know about anyone involved in crime.”




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