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Homeowners warned with burglaries on the rise

Malvern Editorial 29th May, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

HOMEOWNERS in Malvern have been warned to make sure their homes are not left vulnerable to burglars with figures on the rise.

Officers at West Mercia Police have been taking steps in Malvern and other areas to ensure homes are safe as possible with the summer months approaching.

Officers have been on the look out for properties where doors and windows have been left open and are highlighting the problem with homeowners to ensure they do not have a miserable summer ahead.

On the occasion nobody is at home, the officers have left a warning postcard which tells the owners their home has been left insecure and they need to take action to stop it.

The eye-catching cards, which include some basic tips on home security, were funded by the South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership.

The patrolling in the region follows an increase in burglaries during recent weeks. Last month saw a total of 54 burglaries in the South Worcestershire area – a significant rise from the compared monthly average of 42 last year.

And many of the burglaries have been the result of homeowners leaving their properties unsecure.

Detective chief inspector Stacey Williamson said: “We want to make sure people take every step to avoid becoming a victim of sneak-in burglars because the crime has such an impact on people’s sense of security.

“Our message is clear – when the weather is warm, please make sure you lock your unattended doors, patio doors and windows, even if you are only outside in the back garden.

“Whenever we get warm weather, the number of burglaries go up because thieves take advantage of easy pickings such as unlocked door or an open window.”

“In response to the increase, we have stepped up our efforts to target burglars, which includes additional specialist roads policing officers patrolling effected communities in unmarked cars as well as the main routes in the county known to be used by travelling criminals.

“We want to give the clear message to criminals, ‘Don’t bother coming to Worcestershire’ and we need the public to help us by securing their homes.

“Check before you leave the house that all doors and windows are closed and locked. If you are at home and the weather is hot or humid – as the weather forecasters predict – don’t leave rooms with open doors or windows unattended.

Visit www.westmercia.police.uk/advice-centre/home-and-garden-security.html for more advice on home security.

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