Don’t let heatwave turn into a crimewave police warn Melton residents

Melton residents are being invited to help scrutinise the way Leicestershire Police uses stop and search powers.
Melton residents are being invited to help scrutinise the way Leicestershire Police uses stop and search powers.
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As the weather gets hotter Leicestershire Police is reminding Melton homeowners to lock their windows and doors and think about the security of their home.

With temperatures set to soar over the next few days it can be tempting to leave windows and doors open but that makes it easy for criminals to break into homes which the force is keen to avoid.

Detective Chief Inspector Rich Ward, the force’s lead on burglary, said; “Officers on patrol are telling us that they are seeing a lot of open windows, particularly at night, as homeowners try and keep cool.

“However leaving your home insecure, particularly ground floor windows, just makes life easy for the opportunist thief. I’d urge people to think carefully about the security of their homes during the summer months.

“As well as their homes we would also ask that people secure their sheds or outbuildings, and not to leave valuable items lying around in gardens where they could be seen. Sheds often house more than just garden tools and valuable items such as pressure washers, power tools, garden furniture, golf clubs and bicycles which can also be stolen.”

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity should call the police immediately on 101, or 999 if it’s a burglary in progress.

For crime prevention advice visit www.leics.police.uk