Derbyshire Police remind homeowners to secure windows and doors during hot weather

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A burglar has already taken advantage of an open window and stolen items from a home so police want people to be more vigilant in the hot weather.

Detective Inspector Dave Neate said: “It is understandable that in this weather people like to have their doors and windows open.

“However, this does give opportunities for burglars to sneak in and remove items. We would just like to remind people of this possibility and ask them to take some simple precautions to reduce this risk.”

Some steps that you can take:

Lock doors and windows every time you leave the house

Store keys, including your car keys out of sight away from the front/back door area

Hide wallet, ID cards, passports and cash

Secure garages and sheds, secure bikes by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed/garage

Keep ladders and gardening tools locked away to prevent them being used to gain entry to your home

Register items with serial numbers such as mobile phone, games consoles, bikes and watches at: www.immobilise.com