Secure homes police warn Isle holidaymakers

CRIME: Crime scene.
CRIME: Crime scene.

Homeowners across the Isle are being urged to make sure their properties are secure before jetting off on holiday this summer.

Police bosses are urging people to beef up security on their homes in a bid to prevent a spike in the number of break-ins across the area.

The move comes at a time when police say there is traditionally a rise in the number of burglaries on homes left unattended. With the warmer residents are also being asked not to leave doors and windows open even when inside the home.

Neighbourhood sergeant for the Isle of Axholme, Tony Petty, said: “We all want to come home after a holiday and find everything as we left it. To discover your home has been entered and property stolen can ruin your whole holiday in a second.

“Almost half of all burglaries happen when a flat or house is empty. By following some simple tips, you can help to make your home more secure whilst you are away.”

Police are advising residents to make their home look like someone is in it before jetting off. Don’t close curtains in the daytime as this can show the house is empty. Use automatic timer-switches to turn lights on when it goes dark.

Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries and avoid discussing holiday plans where strangers may hear details.

Police are also advising residents to mow the lawn and trim hedges and bushes burglars can hide behind before departing.

Do not put your home address on your luggage when travelling outbound.

Finally, make sure you have locked all outside doors, windows and, if you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set.

Sgt Petty added: “It is a good idea to get help from a neighbour. You could ask them to collect your post, mow the lawn and open and close curtains. They could even occasionally park their car on your driveway. Anything to make the place look lived in. Leave a number in case of emergency.”

In March the Epworth Bells revealed statistics, gained through the Freedom of Information Act, that burglars were targeting around 20 properties a month on average in the Isle.