How Keynsham people can keep their homes and properties safe this summer
By JoannaPazucha | Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 14:27
Now that summer is finally here police are advising Keynsham residents to take simple security measures to deter burglars .
This time of year sees an increase in the number of thefts from homes, sheds and gardens and community safety officer Elizabeth Shire said: "The steps you can take to protect your home are not expensive or time-consuming.
"They are easy to implement and effective in reducing the risk of becoming a victim of burglary."
Look at your home from the street and think about how a burglar may break in - and then take the necessary steps to deny them this opportunity.
While at home never leave open windows and doors unattended doors, even in warmer weather. If you are at the back of your house doing a spot of gardening or having a BBQ, lock front windows and doors to prevent walk-in thieves.
Remember to remove keys from locked windows and doors and to keep them out of sight in a safe place.
Fit security lights to the outside of your home at the front and back with sensors so that they are on during the hours of darkness.
Secure your garden shed, especially if you keep valuable items stored inside.
Fit a strong, lockable, high gate across any side passage to stop a thief getting to the back of the house where they can work undisturbed.
Register all your belongings on the national property database www.immobilise.com
Anyone who feels they would benefit from further advice can speak to a crime prevention officer by calling Avon and Somerset Constabulary on 101.