Police warning as hot weather sparks crime in Topsham

PUBLISHED: 06:30 12 July 2015


Police are warning Topsham residents against giving opportunist thieves an open invitation to their homes this summer.

As the weather hots up, people have been leaving doors and windows open to allow in fresh air.

Police say thieves have taken advantage, resulting in burglaries.

Devon and Cornwall Police is keen to stop any more burglaries, believing crime could soar in Topsham if word spreads of the town’s trusting nature.

PSCO Anthony Keller said: “The trouble is, with the hot weather and Topsham being a lovely area, there’s usually little crime. So if there are one or two successful thefts, burglars tell all their mates.”

The officer said the summer of 2014 proved challenging for police with boats being targeted in Topsham. Mr Keller said: “Last year, people were climbing onto boats to steal things.”

Last month, two thefts were reported in the town, both involving ‘insecure’ properties, according to police. In a bid to crack down on crime, police are offering people advice on how to enjoy hot weather in secure homes:

● Only leave doors and windows open if you are in the room at the time.

● Leaving upstairs windows wide open could leave homes vulnerable via a flat roof below.

If you would like the police to provide a free home security survey, contact officers on 101.

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