Thames Valley: don’t leave your doors and windows open in the hot weather

Thames Valley has launched its Summer Burglary campaign, warning residents to give extra consideration to their home security during the summer months.


Police have issued guidance to residents warning of the dangers of not properly securing homes during the current hot weather.

With the recent hot weather, it is advising residents not to leave doors and windows open when their house is unoccupied, and to avoid leaving valuable items in view of windows.

The campaign was reiterated by PC James Senior of the Colnbrook and Poyle policing team in his neighbourhood update for July issued this week:

“A slight increase of burglaries during this time of the year is expected as residents leave windows and doors open due to the hot weather, so to see a reduction is an excellent achievement.”

May’s figures showed the lowest number of crimes since the police crime mapping figures were first published in December 2010, and June’s figures when published are set to show a continuing reduction in burglaries for June.

In addition to securing their properties, residents are also advised to make sure any tools are locked away when not in use and to secure their sheds, garages and outbuildings.

Simple and cost-effective steps to improve your home security

Crime prevention advice and tips on securing garages and sheds

Was it worth the risk?

Thames Valley also revealed that its Summer drink-drive campaign Is it worth the risk saw an almost identical number of arrests as last year.

Between 1 June and 30 June, 240 drivers were arrested across the Thames Valley for driving with excess alcohol, compared to 239 last June.

Of those arrested, 197 were men and 43 were women –  a 2 per cent decrease in arrests of men but 10 per cent increase in arrests of women.

129 of those arrested have been charged.

The campaign saw police targeting individuals they suspect of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, both on the way home from nights out and the morning after a heavy night.

Chief Superintendent Lucy Hutson from Roads policing said:
“Each death and serious injury we prevent stops pain and devastation to an even wider circle of family and friends.”


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