As part the Darker Nights campaign to reduce burglary in Warwickshire and the West Mercia policing areas members of the public are being asked to make sure they keep their homes secure.
Figures show that nationally in around 30% of burglaries the thieves don’t even have to break-in, they get in through an unlocked door or a window that has been left open.
Now police are urging householders to make sure they keep doors, patios and downstairs windows shut, even when they are in the house. Inspector Wayne Cooke, head of harm reduction for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police said, “People need to get in to the habit of locking the door behind them when they come into the house. “We all walk into the house and put our car keys and handbag or briefcase down as soon as we get inside the house. Then we walk into another room, or get busy doing something else, leaving these valuable items near to an unlocked door.
It only takes a couple of seconds for a burglar to open the door, reach in and take them and we know there are thieves out and about who are looking for just such an opportunity.
WarwickshirePolice and West Mercia Police are supporting a national burglary and handlingstolen goods week of action as part of their two month “Darker Nights” campaignto reduce burglary.
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