With the hot weather looking to continue, during this time, doors and windows are often left open, making homes an easy target for opportunist thieves.

“During the warm weather it’s so easy to become complacent with home security.

“The sun is shining, the heat is rising, and you leave your windows at the back of the house open to let it a cool breeze. But here the problem lies.

“There are criminals out there who are just waiting for the opportunity to make off with your goods. Don’t make it easy for them – follow our security advice.”

Here are a few key tips to keep home and possessions safe when enjoying the summer period.

•    Keep front, patio and back doors closed and locked when you are elsewhere in the house or in the garden.

•    Ensure that all windows and external doors are not only closed but locked at night or when you are out of the house. Even a small window could provide a burglar with an opportunity to reach through and open a larger window to gain access.

•    Remember to close downstairs windows when leaving a room, to deter the opportunist thief.

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