Don’t risk being burgled this summer

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POLICE have warned householders to make sure their homes are secure in the warm weather.

The advice is being issued based on crime trends that tend to show a rise in burglaries at unlocked premises at this time of year.

Chief Superintendent Mark Chatterton, from Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘There are a number of simple precautions residents can take to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of burglary.

‘Look at your house from a burglar’s point of view. Are there any open or unlocked windows or doors? How would you get into your house if you were locked out?

‘Burglars are often opportunistic and if they see an easy target, they will take their chance. Take simple precautions to protect your property and make it difficult for burglars to operate in our communities.’

Chief Supt Chatterton advised windows and doors should be locked even if you are popping out for just a few minutes.

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