The summer is a time when Thames Valley Police, and other forces around the country, experience an increase in residential burglary. This is due to opportunist thieves taking advantage of doors and windows being left open in hot weather, and properties not being left secure while residents are away on holiday.
It only takes seconds to steal valuables that are within easy reach. Window opening restrictors can be fitted to ground floor windows to allow ventilation while preventing burglars from being able to climb through. If going out, even just in the garden, you should always close and lock your windows and doors.
The consequences of being burgled reach far beyond the cost and inconvenience of replacing stolen items. It is also the emotional impact of having your summer holiday ruined, and the feeling of being violated, after an uninvited stranger has been in your home.
If leaving your car at home when you go on holiday, remember to remove any valuables and check the windows are closed and doors are locked. If your vehicle is stolen you could lose your motor insurance excess and no claims bonus. You will still be responsible for any vehicle finance owed and likely to pay higher insurance premiums in the future.
Avoid checking-in on social networks at the airport and wait to post your holiday photos until you get home. Some home insurance policies become invalidated if you post that you are away from home.
– Lock all windows and doors
– Check side gates, sheds and garages are locked and tools and ladders are not accessible for burglars to break into your home
– Store all keys out of sight and away from your letterbox
– Use a RFID pouch to store fobs for keyless entry vehicles
– Make your home look occupied by using a timer switch to turn on lights at night
– Ask a trusted friend to look after your home while you are away
– Invite a neighbour to park their vehicle on your drive while you are away
– Don’t post details of your holiday on social media until you return home
Aimee Hendley (Police, Corporate Communications Oficer, HQ South)
For more burglary prevention advice, download your free Home Security Guide from the Thames Valley Police.
By working together we can build community resilience to deter burglars from targeting homes in the area.