Rotherham householders warned of increased burglary risk

POLICE in Rotherham have warned householders that better weather could easily cause a sudden rise in burglaries as people leave themselves vulnerable to opportunists and sneaks.

POLICE in Rotherham have warned householders that better weather could easily cause a sudden rise in burglaries as people leave themselves vulnerable to sneak thieves.

Most burglary offences occur in homes where doors and windows are left insecure.

A spokesman said: “The warmer weather will bring out burglars as people leave doors and windows open or on a locked latch with handbags, purses and keys left very close to the open door.

Homeowners are also leaving ground floor doors and windows open or unlocked, which burglars can easily reach and climb through.

People should remember that whilst enjoying the weather and the summer in their gardens, they should always be vigilant regarding the security of their homes.”

Safety tips to avoid burglaries include:

  1. Make sure you always lock doors, windows and gates even when you are home.
  2. Check that the garden is clear of objects that can be used to break doors and windows and remove anything that aids climbing.
  3. Do not leave bags, purses, keys or valuables on view near doors and windows.
  4. Laptops, i-Pods, games consoles, satellite navigation systems and mobile phones should be hidden from view.
  5. If you have a burglar alarm, use it.
  6. Invest in a timer for lights or leave a radio on.
  7. Consider purchasing the standard TS007 [3 star] lock for your external doors.
  8. Always lock your sheds and garages and if you own bicycles keep them locked up inside your secure shed or garage.

Contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 for more information on keeping your home safe..