Seasonal increase in burglaries feared
Officers say that during July and August last year there was a sharp increase in domestic thefts with many residents leaving windows and doors open during the day. Many local residents also go on holiday leaving behind a trail of clues that tell thieves that the house is unoccupied and will be for some time.
In Neighbourhood Watch Ringmaster recorded message 203, phoned through to this site by police organiser Derek Sweeney, people are warned against being complacent.
If at home in the warm weather, local residents are advised to ensure doors and windows are not left open, and at night they must remain vigilant at all times, remembering to set zoned alarms. If setting off on leave they should make it difficult for thieves to identify unoccupied houses by remembering to cancel milk and newspaper deliveries, arranging for a neighbour to collect mail, and setting time switches for lighting.
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8 July 2004