Third of all burglaries due to open windows and doors say police

The summer period is arriving and with it the warm weather we have all been looking forward to. Unfortunately the police will also see an increase in homes being burgled as a result of sneak-in burglars entering through open windows and doors.

Between July and September in the last three years around a third of all dwelling burglaries were as a result of properties being left insecure (973 incidents). The force is committed to tackling burglary with activity on-going to prevent and detect crime, but without the public taking action to stop preventable crimes; sneak-in burglaries will continue to occur.

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Detective Chief Inspect Dave Houchin, one of the force leads for burglary said: “Being a victim of burglary is deeply upsetting for the victims and their family, so we want to reduce instances but need the public to assist us by helping themselves and stopping the sneak thief. Sneak-in burglary can be avoided by residents being extra vigilant when securing their property. Unfortunately all too often police receive reports of sneak-in burglaries where thieves enter homes through open doors or climb through windows left ajar before helping themselves to valuables.

“In vast majority of cases the offenders are opportunists walking around residential area’s looking for possible insecure properties. I would therefore urge people to make sure that they always lock doors and only keep windows open in occupied rooms, as insecurities are like an open invitation for opportunist sneak-in burglars who only need a few seconds to grab property from your home.

“As a force we do everything possible to tackle the threat of these opportunist offenders with intelligence led targeted police patrolling, crime prevention and education activity in the community and disruption work with prolific offenders. However all this good work can be undone if people allow offenders into their home via open doors or windows – so please keep you home secure and keep the sneak thief out!”

To highlight the dangers of the sneak in burglar view the Billy the burglar video below:

The public also have a role to play in getting property registered onto so it can be identified and returned if lost or stolen and by calling Humberside Police with information about criminality in their community. They can do this by calling the police if they see people acting suspiciously, if there is a burglary in progress or if they have details about those involved in criminality and can do this using 999 in an emergency, 101 in a non emergency or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

As part of a summer burglary campaign Humberside Police are encouraging people to follow the @humberbeat twitter account and #HPBurglary hashtag for information about how Humberside Police are tackling burglary in addition to advice on crime prevention.