Homeowners urged to check security before holidays

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Homeowners are being urged to check their house security measures before going away this summer.

As the holiday season starts, Derbyshire police are reminding people of some simple measures they can take to protect their homes.

Ask a neighbour, friend or family member to check your home and make it look ‘lived-in’ by collecting mail or leaving a car on the driveway

Use timer switches so that lamps come on in your house after dark

Ensure all windows and doors are locked

Remove any ladders or bins that could potentially be used to access your home

Keep side or entry gates locked

Secure any outbuildings, garages or sheds

Make sure you use an alarm system, or CCTV if you have it installed

Hide valuable items, such as jewellery, DVD players or cameras

Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries

Superintendent Gary Parkin said: “This time of year sees opportunist thieves looking for homes which look empty, particularly where they display tell-tale signs of the householder being away.

“The distress that is caused by a burglary can be avoided by taking these simple steps to make your home less attractive to criminals.

“If you need any further crime prevention advice please, contact officers from your local Safer Neighbourhood team, who will be more than happy to talk you through the security measures you can take.”

For more information, contact your local officers on 101 or visit www.derbyshire.police.uk to find out who is on your team.