HOMEOWNERS are urged to take steps to protect themselves from thieves as they prepare to head off on holiday this summer.
Hampshire police are encouraging residents to take simple precautions to keep their belongings safe.
A spokesman said: ‘With the warmer weather it’s easy to forget about home security, but traditionally the summer months mean an increase in burglary.
‘By following some simple steps you can help to protect your home and belongings and still make the most of the summer.’
Residents are advised to use time switches to switch on lights, radios and other appliances when they are out or away and ask a friend or neighbour to collect post, draw curtains and make their home look lived in.
Cancelling milk and papers and hiding financial documents and keys to avoid bank details or vehicles being targeted is also recommended.
Police say that if you are taking your car on holiday, you should ask a neighbour to park in your drive.