Police issue summer holiday crime warning
Police have issued a seasonal warning for residents to protect their
homes against burglary when houses are empty over the summer holidays,
and doors and windows are left open in warmer weather.
one third of burglaries in the force area are opportunistic walk
in incidents, where the burglar gets in through an unlocked
door or open window.
Avon and Somerset Police is launching a new campaign called Be HomeSafe
to remind residents all to 'hide valuables, shut windows and lock
doors. Dont make it easy for burglars'.
campaign is supported by new research which provides an insight
into burglar behaviour. The International Centre for Research in
Forensic Psychology, University of Portsmouth worked with 33 burglars
in HM Prison Bristol which revealed some interesting findings.
found burglars commonly used a rear, more secluded route to get
in; spent most time in bedrooms where smaller, more lucrative items
are expected to be found; and stole small electrical items (video
cameras, digital cameras, tablets, iphones and small, high value
goods such as wallets and a briefcase).
Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte said: "Being a victim of burglary
is horrible. Its not just the stuff that is stolen, its
the emotional and psychological impact a burglary can have and the
loss of irreplaceable sentimental items, photographs and things
that youve saved really hard for."
know that often people dont secure their homes because of
the misplaced belief that it wont happen to me.
But this message straight from the mouths of burglars gives clear
advice about the simple steps we all need to take to protect our
homes over the summer."
are asking our communities to do everything possible to protect
their homes and property so we can help those who need us most and
work tirelessly to bring offenders to justice."
and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens added: "Many burglary
victims have shared with me how disruptive and upsetting this crime
is. Being burgled means more than the inconvenience of an insurance
claim and has the potential to ruin your summer."
30 per cent of all burglaries could have been avoided, because burglars
got in through open windows, unsecured sheds or unlocked doors.
I am keen that together, we all do what we can to avoid opportunist
is important that everyone across Avon and Somerset is safe and
feels safe in their homes knowing their property is secure, during
the summer months and all year round."
Claire Nee, Reader in Forensic Psychology, University of Portsmouth
who led the research, said: "Our research can actually teach
householders to think a little more like burglars so that they can
reduce the opportunity for burglaries."
really dont want to meet you - so over the summer fake occupancy
if you can - for example ask a trusted neighbour to pop in and turn
your lights on at night. In our research over 50% of burglars got
in through an open door or window so make sure you shut and lock
doors at all times."
stay safe this summer follow these simple steps to protect your
store jewellery, money, sentimental items and things youve
saved up for in bedroom drawers
away tablets, mobile phones, wallets and cards
front windows when youre in the garden or not in the room
all windows when you leave the house
a 5 point mortice lock your doors
you have locks on all windows
your holiday use automatic timer switches for lights
leave bins and recycling boxes outside
trusted neighbours to keep a look out, turn lights on at night
and park on your driveway
discussing holiday plans on public social media