Police community teams offering residents advice to avoid becoming a victim of sneak thieves
Humberside Police community police teams are offering crime reduction advice to residents to prevent them becoming a victim of sneak thieves as the days become longer and people start enjoying their gardens.
A police spokesman said: “Now that spring has arrived, we all want to relax and enjoy the warmer weather and longer days. However, we still need to think about home security to prevent ourselves from becoming victims of crime. So what do you need to consider?
“You need to ensure that your home is always secure when you go out and that you don’t leave potential entry points open and accessible, for example a downstairs window or a door.
“This also applies at night especially when it’s a warm muggy Summer’s evening and you are thinking about leaving a downstairs window open for ventilation whilst you are asleep. You may be out working in the garden and out of sight of the windows or doors that you have left open.
“You could even be cutting the grass or be using power tools, and it could be so easy in these circumstances for a sneak thief to take advantage of the situation, go inside your home and steal things, for example keys, handbags, wallets, laptops etc that are often on display or easily accessible.
“The same applies with garages. We often leave the doors wide open and go off into the garden, leaving everything in them on display.
“These kinds of thefts are committed by opportunists who could be wandering around your neighbourhood looking to take advantage of people who leave their property insecure so think security at all times and don’t become a victim of crime.”