Householders across the county are being urged to pay extra attention to their home, bike and vehicle security now the days have become longer and lighter.
As the clocks recently went forward (on Sunday, 26 March) residents are reminded to be extra vigilant and not let the lighter nights be an opportunity for thieves to strike.
Police are encouraging householders to follow some simple security advice to help protect their property.
Superintendent Peter Crowcroft, who heads up the Constabulary’s Local Policing Units, said: “As we head towards the summer months with lighter nights it can leave property more vulnerable to opportunists looking to take advantage.
“Thieves will be on the look-out for any lapses in security, so it is important that people do all they can to protect both their home and their prized possessions.
“I would urge everyone to ensure that windows and doors are closed and locked and that personal items such as bikes and other equipment are stored away out of sight. The same applies to valuable items stored away in garages or sheds - ensure that garages and sheds are locked with strong padlocks and, ideally, fitted with an alarm.
“By taking a couple of minutes to follow these simple steps it will greatly help householders in reducing their chances of becoming a victim.”
Securing your home
- If you are replacing or fitting new doors and windows, get ones that are certified to British Standard BS7950 (windows) or PAS 24-1 (doors)
- Fit mortise locks (Kitemarked BS3621) to all front and back doors and locks to all downstairs windows or windows which are easy to reach
- Keep your house and car keys safe and away from doors and windows
- Fit a burglar alarm, but make sure it is installed properly and works
- Keep your garage and garden shed locked with proper security locks, and keep any tools secure and out of sight
- Trim back any plants or hedges that a burglar could hide behind
- Make sure you have up-to-date home insurance.
Supt Crowcroft added: “We need the continued support of the local community and we would urge residents to remain vigilant as we head into the warmer months and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity in their area immediately.”
Anyone with any information about this type of crime is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101. Information can also be passed on anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.