The summer season brings with it some different challenges in policing, with the number of burglaries often seen to rise.
While it’s lighter for longer – not plunging homes into darkness at 4pm, which creates a different problem – people enjoying time in their gardens and forgetting about open windows leads to opportunities for thieves to strike.
Burglary lead for Leicestershire Police, Detective Inspector Kev Hames, said: “We know this time of year can see an increase in the number of burglaries in residential properties.
“Doors and windows are open and can easily be forgotten about when people are elsewhere in the house. It leaves homes vulnerable to those who wish to cause harm.”
The force has increased the number of proactive patrols by uniformed officers in those areas that have seen an increase in numbers of incidents. A targeted social media campaign is also ongoing to remind people of the risks of leaving your property insecure.
DI Hames continued: “Most people don’t deliberately leave windows and doors unlocked, but think about if there is anything that you do, that makes you and your loved ones vulnerable.
“Lock your doors, even if you’re at home, and be aware of open ground floor windows if you not in the room. This is the chance a thief might take to enter your home.
“We want to make sure that we can help and catch the person or people responsible if you are broken in to, but by following some simple safety advice, you can make yourself less of a target for these criminals.”