Police warns lighter nights should not mean lighter security

POLICE ARE warning residents to keep their home security tight as the lighter nights and the warmer summer months approach.

Latest figures show one in three burglaries happen to homes that are insecure, so GMP are issuing the following simple security tips for homeowners to keep their house off a burglar’s radar.

  • Although it will be tempting to leave doors and windows open during the warmer months it is important to keep only the vents in the room that you are in open and to leave all other windows and doors locked.
  • Use mortise locks on external doors and consider using split spindle locks on front doors. Alarms and lights used in the right way can be a huge deterrent to burglars looking to target properties that have easy access.
  • Police recommend using a quality household alarm that protects all external doors and downstairs rooms and should be used when leaving the house and going to bed.
  • Light timers should also be used when leaving your house for an extended period of time or when going on holiday.
  • External security lighting, shed alarms, window shock alarms and door chimes can be used as an extra deterrent, details on how to use these devices can be seen on GMP’s 60-second security videos.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, GMP’s lead on tackling burglars, said: “Burglary remains an absolute priority for GMP but we need the help of residents to tackle the issue and make life as difficult as possible for opportunist thieves.

“People should feel safe in their own homes. There are number of simple security steps that homeowners can follow to deter would-be thieves.

“People are urged to work with the police to report any suspicious activity to help protect their property and others in the community.”

The 60-second films, which also provide advice on bogus callers and personal safety, were made by Tameside’s Partnership Team, and can be found online.

Suspicious behaviour should be immediately reported to police on 101 or can be reported to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If you witness a crime in progress or in an emergency always call 999.

Details of local neighbourhood policing teams are available on www.gmp.police.uk and you can also follow Greater Manchester Police on Facebook and Twitter @gmpolice

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