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Essex: Lock up your homes warn police
2:12pm Wednesday 22nd August 2012 in Local News
Homeowners across Essex are being reminded to secure their properties whether in or out as the last few weeks of summer fade out.
The recent warm weather has forced residents to keep their windows and patio doors open to aid ventilation, but it has also tempted career burglars and opportunist thieves to come out.
People who have unoccupied rooms that are easily accessible from the street or off a flat roof are advised to close windows.
If fresh air is needed in the home, then smaller rather than larger windows should be open, and if there is an adjacent larger window this should be locked closed.
If buildings only have larger windows, then lockable window restrictors or small alarm sensors should be considered to detect, and deter entry.
Crime Reduction & Architectural Liaison Officer Stephen Armson-Smith suggests implementing some further basic security measures.
"Leave a door or patio door open and in comes trouble, even during the day,” said Mr Armson-Smith.
"If that door is accessible, the sneaky thief will pop in and anything lying around will be gone. People may have only popped down to the end of the garden or be having a quick shower upstairs, but it only takes a second.
"Before you turn in for the night do the ‘rounds’ and check all is secure. Some people may think it is a bit over the top but you will feel more confident and less likely to become a victim.”
For those homeowners who are going on holiday, they are advised to ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on their property or at least create an illusion that the house or flat is occupied.
Other security measures include properly locking uPVC doors and activating intruder alarms for unoccupied areas of a house.
Anyone who does hear or see any suspicious activity is urged to contact Essex Police immediately on 999 with descriptions of the individuals and any vehicles.