Householders living in the borough of Great Yarmouth are being urged not to make it easy for potential thieves this summer. Officers are advising people to pay extra attention to home and vehicle security with the onset of longer evenings and warmer weather. Detective Inspector Sarah Pettengell, from Great Yarmouth CID, said lapses in security can often give rise to opportunistic crime.
She said: By taking simple steps householders can avoid becoming a victim of crime. Burglaries are often opportunistic crimes so by removing attractive and expensive items from display, such as laptops and car keys, householders can help prevent these crimes from occurring. During the summer months thieves will also look for gaps in home security such as doors and windows left open.
Norfolk is an extremely safe place to live and your chances of being a victim of such crime still remain extremely low but you should look at your home through a thief’s eyes. Don t become an easy target Norfolk Constabulary offers the following advice to residents: Householders are reminded to keep windows and doors locked and secure at all times, whether they are inside or outside the home. Attention should be paid to the security of sheds and garages and to the property stored within as these often contain expensive items such as lawn mowers, power tools and sports equipment.
Use good quality locks and fit internal grills to the windows. People should mark their belongings this will make them less attractive to steal and make it more difficult for them to be sold on. Be a good neighbour If anyone is spotted acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, call the police.
Det Insp Pettengell added that residents should be vigilant when dealing with cold callers to their property and not to let them inside.
Always ask for identification from any unexpected callers and do not to let anyone in if you are not comfortable with who they are.
Councils and utilities companies will generally contact householders by telephone or letter if they plan to carry out repairs rather than make unsolicited calls, said Det Insp Pettengell.