Police Update 6th August, 2010

Dear Co-ordinators

Please advise your scheme members of the following information.

Summer sneaks still getting in

Friday 6th August 2010

Wakefield District Police are making another plea to residents to stop summer sneak-ins.

Insecure doors and windows are still being blamed for around half of all house burglaries across the Wakefield district.

Police today urged householders to be vigilant and to keep their homes secure.

Detective Inspector Paul Harrison said:  "Whilst burglaries are not as prevalent across Wakefield district as they are in other areas of the county, despite our repeated warnings, we are still seeing a number of sneak-ins. These offences could so easily be prevented by householders taking a few precautions to ensure they are not targeted by opportunist thieves."

People need to remember that easy points of access, like front doors, need to be kept locked when relaxing outdoors in the warmer weather. At night ground floor doors and windows should be locked.

A handbag, wallet, mobile phone or keys left next to an unlocked front door or open window can present an incredibly easy target for opportunist burglars who can take them in just a few seconds. The message couldn't be simpler. Lock your door or lose your valuables.

There are a number of things people can do to prevent a sneak-in theft:

Lock all doors and windows when working in the garden or garage
A simple security chain from DIY stores can be installed to prevent unwanted entry into the home
Never leave keys in the locks of doors or windows
Avoid leaving valuables near windows, for example mobile phones, handbags, jewellery, expensive ornaments and keys

Further crime prevention advice is available from the West Yorkshire Police website at www.westyorkshire.police.uk or by contacting your local Crime Reduction Officer on 0845 6060606.

Wakefield North West Neighbourhood Policing Team
Tel no: 01924 294 671  karen.vezina@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

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