Don’t let thieves spoil your summer

Published 8 June 2015

Summer is on the way, bringing warmer weather, and people will be making the most of it - spending time in the garden, enjoying a barbecue or taking a holiday to get away from it all. But it’s important to remember your home security. Simple measures can make a difference.

Burglaries are down, but at this time of the year thieves know you’re more likely to leave doors and windows open or be outside in your garden. If you’ve gone on holiday, your house may appear unoccupied. This makes your house attractive to opportunist burglars, who see an open window or door as a quick, easy way to your possessions. Burglars also target unoccupied houses as they know they won’t be caught by the homeowner.

Your smart phone, mobile devices, bike and home entertainment system may mean a lot to you but to a thief they’re just a way of making quick and easy cash. The cost of being burgled is far greater than just the cost of replacing items, as photos on a computer or jewellery may have sentimental value, whilst thieves can access sensitive data such as your bank details and e-mails on a smartphone or tablet.

To help you avoid becoming a victim of burglary, we have published advice with measures you can take to keep your house secure.

How do the police investigate a burglary?

This short interactive film shows how a crime is processed through the criminal justice system from beginning to end.

You can see how the police investigate a domestic burglary, learn the role each officer plays in the investigation, and how information you provide to the police can help them solve crimes. The film was created with the assistance of Derbyshire Constabulary.

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