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Keeping heat on thieves

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27 June 2016

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Residents are being advised to give potential burglars a rocky ride by taking sensible precautions and keeping their homes safer as we head into summer.

Residents are being advised to give potential burglars a rocky ride by taking sensible precautions and keeping their homes safer as we head into summer.

Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police have joined forces to launch a Summer Burglary prevention campaign this week (Monday 27 June). During the warmer months burglaries traditionally rise because opportunist thieves take advantage of windows being left open in the (usually) warmer weather, so residents are being reminded to protect their valuables and minimise their chances of being targeted.

The campaign focuses on raising awareness to prevent burglary, and telling householders what they can do to make life difficult for would-be thieves; such as keeping their properties secure and locking doors and windows when they go out.

Other advice includes, not advertising your holidays on social media and making sure windows are closed in unattended ground floor rooms even if someone is home.

If windows are to be left open at night then window restrictors should be fitted to prevent them from being forced open and wallets, purses, credit cards and keys should always be left out of sight and away from the front door.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga said: "Burglary is a horrific crime which can have a devastating effect on the people who are targeted. We want to significantly reduce burglary in Enfield so we are advising residents how best to keep their belongings safe by providing simple and practical tips that everyone can follow.

"Most burglars are opportunists and will stay well away from a house that looks secure, so I would urge residents not to leave doors and windows open when they go out as it’s a green light to a potential burglar to pay them a visit."

Supt Carl Robinson, Borough Commander said "Burglary is a crime that has long lasting effects, so we want residents to be as well protected as possible to stop it happening to them. I would urge everyone to take the simple steps outlined to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of burglary."

For more information and advice visit Immobilise and Metropolitan Police. You can also find tips and advice on this website.