Published: July 6, 2013
Residents urged not to be complacent about security during heatwave

Police are urging residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to ensure windows and doors are shut and locked during this week's heatwave, even if they are only in the garden or another room.

The campaign, called Your Home Is Your Castle, aims to give residents helpful advice about how to protect their home and minimise the chances of being burgled over the summer.

Jon Stratford, who is leading the initiative, said: "The number of burglaries in Somerset is thankfully falling every year. However, because it doesn't affect a huge number of people it's easy to become complacent and think it won't happen to you."

"But we are not complacent in our mission to stop burglars creating more victims and people at home shouldn't be either. Around 30 per cent of all our burglaries could have been avoided because burglars got in through open windows or unlocked doors."

"We don't want people to be terrified in their own homes, but just taking a few sensible precautions could make all the difference and keep an opportunist thief out of your home."

Posters, including the one pictured here, will be put up locally to promote the awareness campaign and police will be giving out postcards at local events over the summer with more information.


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