GETTING BURGLARY TO FALL AS TEMPERATURES RISE
HOMEOWNERS across Sussex are being warned to keep doors and windows closed when they go out during the summer months in a bid to slash the number of burglaries throughout the holiday season.
Some 30% of house burglaries in Sussex are carried out as a result of unlocked doors and windows during June, July and August. Because of the warm days and nights, home owners are more likely to leave their properties insecure.
Now the Force has launched Operation Sunshine to try and get the number of burglaries to fall as the temperatures rise.
Inspector Mick Pollitt, from the Community Safety Department, said: “It sounds like simple advice, but when it is hot outside people are less likely to close and lock doors and windows, particularly if they are ‘just popping out’, are in the garden, or on warm summer evenings night.
“To the opportunist burglar, it is almost an invite. If a door is left unlocked, it makes it so easy for someone to get in and steal property. Burglars are particularly interested in things that are easy to sell such as televisions, videos, computers, jewellery and antiques.”
To raise awareness about Operation Sunshine, officers will be putting up posters on street lamps throughout Sussex and giving leaflets to members of the public containing crime prevention advice. This advice includes:
* If you are out in the back garden ensure that your front door and all accessible
windows are secure
“When it’s warm, people forget to take the most simple of precautions such as locking the front door when out in the back garden,” said Inspector Pollitt. “They are then left devastated when their home and privacy is invaded by burglars.
“But there is a lot that home owners can do themselves to help us bring the
number of burglaries down. Operation Sunshine is about just that – preventing
the burglary from happening in the first place. We would always prefer to prevent
a crime than detect one.”