Keep your home safe this summer

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POLICE have issued a reminder to local householders to keep their homes safe this summer.

Crime Prevention Officer Stuart Gibson said: “Burglaries can increase at this time of year as people jet off on holiday leaving their homes vacant, however police have a simple message to everyone planning a holiday or leaving their home unoccupied - If It’s Valuable, Don’t Leave It Vulnerable.”

By following some simple steps, householders can reduce their chance of falling victim to burglars.

• Check all doors and windows are secure and locked.

• If you have a garage, put your car inside if you are not using it. Ensure it is locked and the keys are hidden from sight.

• If there are any bicycles or toys sitting around the outside of the house, put them away.

• If your bins are due to be emptied while you are away, ask a neighbour if they can put them out of sight.

• Make your house appear occupied by putting lights and/or a radio on timer switches.

• Set a burglar alarm if one is fitted to your home.

• Ask a trusted neighbour or friend to keep an eye on your property and to report any suspicious activity to the police.

Further crime prevention advice is available by telephoning Stuart Gibson on 0845 600 8000.