Warnings issued after spree of burglaries and car thefts across Northamptonshire

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A recent spate of burglaries has led to Northamptonshire Police issuing a warning for people to keep doors and windows closed - and not invite burglars into their homes and cars.

In the last seven days there have been 66 burglaries and 65 thefts from cars across the county.

With weather improving, police are issuing a reminder to people to make sure they do all they can to deter criminals.

Superintendent Mick Stamper said: “It is tempting to fling open the windows with the arrival of warmer weather but we want to remind people to make sure they close and lock them when they are not the room, otherwise it could be an open invitation to criminals.

“Also, make sure that outbuildings such as sheds and garages are secure. It is also advisable to use timer switches on lights and if possible an alarm system.

“Likewise, always remember to secure your car when you leave it, even if you don’t think you are going to be long. It takes seconds for an offender to gain access and steal items from inside, or even the car.”

In the past week there have been 20 burglaries in Northampton alone and 19 thefts from vehicles in the town.

Superintendent Stamper added: “Many burglars and thieves are opportunist and are looking for the easy option when it comes to committing crime – the more secure your home is; the less likely you are to become a victim of crime.

“The message is clear, don’t make it easy for someone to come in and take what they want from your home or car.”