WATCH OUT THERE`S A BURGLAR ABOUT
Date Published: 31/05/2012
WARNING: BURGLARIES INCREASE AS TEMPERATURES SOAR
Police in Cynon are concerned following a spate of burglaries which have occurred across the sector in the last month.
Officers believe that leaving windows and doors open to cool down in the hot temperatures is providing the chance for opportunist criminals to commit burglary.
The warning comes as 16 burglaries have been recorded throughout Cynon during May alone, which is double what could normally be expected.
In the majority of these incidents, criminals have gained access through open windows and doors.
Local Inspector Tony Carpenter said: “Unfortunately, with the sun and hot temperatures, come insecure premises as people leave windows open to keep their houses cool, often while they are out in the back garden enjoying the sun.
“We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – please take extra caution and ensure premises are kept secure at all times.”
The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics showed that burglaries had decreased year on year, but the public, as well as the police, have a role to play in ensuring that continues.
People are urged to take on board the following crime prevention advice:
• Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox or windows
• Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes
• Keep your valuables out of sight
• Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home
• Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked, and anchor down any expensive items such as bikes or golf clubs, and power tools
Inspector Tony Carpenter added: “The same advice can apply to people with cars too. Leaving windows open, valuables on show, and doors unlocked has resulted in a higher than normal number of thefts from vehicles.”
If anyone has any information about who is responsible for committing burglaries in the area they are urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.