Keeping secure in the sun

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IT may be heating up outside but police are reminding the public not to let their home security sense melt away in the sun.

Doncaster Police are reminding people to keep their windows and doors locked to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime.

A spokesman for the force said: “Longer daylight hours and warmer weather means people are spending more time outside and it only takes seconds for someone to sneak in through an unlocked door or to reach through an open window.

“Sneak-in burglaries can be easily prevented by keeping your windows and doors locked when you are out in the garden.

“Keep your valuables out of view from prying eyes by putting them away in cupboards.”

- You can reduce the risk of your home being burgled by following these simple precautions:

- Keep all doors and windows locked at all times even when inside.

- Do not leave keys visible for example on a key rack and therefore susceptible to being hooked out

- Keep valuable property out of sight where possible.

- Use lighting and switches when possible to indicate someone is at home

- Take keys, wallets and other valuables upstairs when going to bed.

- Have effective house alarms and window locks fitted.

- Join a neighbourhood watch scheme if you have one in your area. If not, consider setting one up with local residents.

- Speak to your local crime reduction officer or local neighbourhood officer for advice.

For more tips on how to protect your property and valuables visit www.southyorkshire.police.uk/home-safety/burglary