Don't Get Complacement Over The Jubilee Celebrations
12:27pm 2nd June 2012
Dorset Police have issued a warning for us to take simple steps to not become a victim of crime during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Weekend.
The advice is to not leave your windows and doors open or unlocked while you're outside celebrating.
A house in Icen Way in Dorchester was burgled after the occupants, who were home at the time, left their patio doors open.
A lap top and a mobile phone were stolen.
hief Superintendent Martin Hiles said: "I hope everyone enjoys the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend, but it is important people take simple steps to ensure criminals don't spoil it.
"Although domestic and dwelling burglary offences reduced in Dorset last year compared to the previous year, it is important that the public don't make life easy for burglars.
"If you are going out to enjoy the celebrations this weekend, or if you are having a street party, make sure your home is securely locked so that burglars don't have their own celebrations after burgling your home.
"If you are going away for the weekend, don't leave valuables on display in your home and make sure you securely lock all of your windows and doors."
The public are also being urged not to leave valuables such as sat navs, mobile phones and MP3 players in their cars when their vehicles are parked.
Chief Superintendent Hiles continued: "The number of thefts from vehicles in Dorset has increased over the past two years.
"It is so important that people don't leave valuables, like sat navs, iPods and handbags, in their cars when they go out. Take all of your belongings with you.
"Remember, if you leave nothing behind, there is nothing to steal."
Some basic burglary prevention advice is provided below.
- Remember to close and lock all windows and doors, even if you only leave the house for a few minutes.
- Don't leave high value items on display in your home if you go out, especially if you are going away for an extended period of time for a holiday or weekend break.
- Most burglars will only steal items that are easy to carry and sell on such as jewellery and small electrical items - like laptops, mobile phones and cameras. Don't leave them on display or accessible to burglars.
- Consider hiding jewellery and money away in a place that only you would know about.
- Consider property marking high value items with your postcode and house number.
- Ensure you have a good lock on your garden shed and consider getting an alarm fitted. Always keep bikes stored somewhere safe.