Jubilee home theft alert

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 May 2012

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The police have issued a warning to guard against opportunist thieves burgling homes during jubilee celebrations.

Police in Exmouth are reminding householders to secure their property against opportunist thieves who could target homes during the jubilee celebrations.

Officers are reminding residents to protect their homes by ensuring a few simple safety measures are carried out.

The police are reminding people to close and lock windows and doors, mark valuables inside the house, fit security lights and keep keys out of sight and reach.

Inspector Antonia Weeks, from Exmouth, said taking time to crime-proof the home could help prevent heartache.

She said: “Many people attending street parties for the jubilee may not think to lock their doors and close windows as they are celebrating close to their property. Burglaries are often opportunistic crimes and with the celebrations creating a distraction it may only take a few minutes for a burglar to enter a property and steal valuable items.

“Simple things like keeping all windows and doors closed and locked and ensuring spare keys are located in secure places can reduce the risk of being burgled.

“Burglary rates in the area are low but being a victim of this crime is very distressing. By being aware and taking some simple steps you can ensure that you reduce the risk, stay safe and have an enjoyable holiday weekend.”

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