As the clocks go forward this weekend and spring gets into full swing, Cheshire Police are taking the opportunity to remind you not to take your eye off your home security.
While we’re all looking forward to seeing the warmer days and lighter nights, so are the thieves. As a result, crime tends to increase at this time of year - so that’s why we want you to check your security measures as you change your clocks, and be extra vigilant to ensure thieves don’t take advantage.
Superintendent for local policing Peter Crowcroft, said: “While we don’t want to put a dampener on the excitement spring brings we think it’s important to remind you that as the lighter nights begin thieves will be on the look-out for any lapses in security, so it’s important that we do all we can to protect both our homes and 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 garages or sheds - ensure that they 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 you in reducing your chances of becoming a victim.”
Here’s how you can secure 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.
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.