South Wales Police are warning that next week’s predicted heat wave could result in a simultaneous crime wave – unless householders take extra special care not to fall victim to opportunist thieves.
With the temperature rising, apparently it isn’t surprising. Detective Chief Inspector Bryan Heard says “unfortunately we always experience rises in certain types of crime when temperatures soar.”
Police say opportunist criminals need just seconds to get into a house or a car and steal what is inside. DCI Bryan is urging people to be security conscious to combat the summer trend which – police say – brings “the misery and trauma of being a victim of crime to an unnecessary number of people.”
South Wales Police figures show that in 2015, between May and September, there were 182 burglaries recorded across the region, and in 69 of those (37.9 per cent), burglars gained access via unsecure doors or windows. By comparison only 13 per cent of the burglaries which occurred throughout the rest of 2015 involved unsecure premises.
DCI Heard says “Burglaries – and thefts from vehicles – are made easy by people who don’t lock up. In the heat, people may lose their concentration and make mistakes that they wouldn’t ordinarily make, and it takes just a moment’s lapse in concentration for a crime to be committed. Criminals actively look for vulnerable premises and opportunists will see their chance and take it. Everyone can play a part in reducing crime and by simply securing windows and doors the risks can be decreased dramatically.”
South Wales Police have now issued a series of burglar-beating tips to guard against the summertime blues :-
- Keep ground floor or accessible windows shut and locked in rooms you are not using.
- Don’t leave doors and patio doors open.
- Remember to lock up properly before going to bed.
- Remember, insurance companies often will not pay out if a burglary is a result of an insecure door or window.
- If you are carrying out DIY to your home, don’t leave ladders and tools out. Keep them locked up.
- Make sure you lock side or rear gates.
- Do not do business at the door. Often companies who tout at the door for gardening and home improvements turn out to be bogus.
- If you are in the back garden having a barbeque, don’t be tempted to leave the front door open for your visitors to let themselves in.
- If you are going out for the evening remember to use a timer switch on lamps or radios to give the impression someone is home.