WARNING: 19 burglaries through open windows in North Lincolnshire

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Police in North Lincolnshire are issuing a burglary warning after 19 sneak-in burglaries between Thursday May 5 and Tuesday June 7 across the North Lincolnshire area.

The spike in insecure burglaries has coincided with good weather and this has prompted the force to remind the public that they have a role in preventing burglaries through greater emphasis on security.

PC Andy Allen, crime reduction officer said: “Being a victim of burglary is deeply upsetting for the victims and their family. We want to see less offences, but need the public to assist us by stopping sneak-in burglars who target properties with open doors or windows.

“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 - whether they are in the home or outside tending to their gardens - and only keep doors or windows open in occupied rooms.”

The top five tips to prevent burglary this summer are:

1. Make sure your doors and windows are closed and locked when you’re not in the room. Nearly half of all burglaries are down to someone leaving a door or window open.

2. Make sure nothing of value is left on show to tempt thieves into breaking into your property.

3. Take your keys up to bed with you at night.

4. Think about fitting a burglar alarm and security lighting – both to your home and outbuildings. It may be expensive, but they are very effective deterrents and can bring down your insurance costs.

5. Take 5 minutes to set up a www.immobilise.com account and register all you property on-line, as this can support police in recovering stolen goods, returning them to victims and bringing offenders to justice.

PC Allen added: “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 your home secure and keep the sneak thief out!”

The public should call the police if they see people acting suspiciously in their community, if there is a burglary in progress or if they have details about those involved in criminality. This can be done this using 999 in an emergency, 101 in a non-emergency or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.