With lighter nights upon us Northamptonshire Police are reminding people to make life harder for burglars.
In the last 12 months, over 20 per cent of house burglaries occurred as a result of someone getting in through an unlocked or open door or window.
Burglary lead for the force, Detective Inspector Nick Lyall, said: “These types of offences are preventable and we encourage people to take some simple steps to make life harder for thieves.
“We appreciate that we repeat this message year after year, but we tend to see an increase in burglaries at this time of year as a result of people leaving windows and doors open while their property is left unattended.
“Many burglars are opportunists – they will take advantage of an unlocked door or window.
“It may seem obvious advice but it’s important to get into the habit of locking all doors and making sure all windows are secure every time you go out and when you go to bed.
“Items that can be stolen easily, such as car keys, wallets and phones, should be kept in a safe place, out of sight and away from windows and doors.
“Make sure you take keys out of locks and keep them somewhere out of reach of letter boxes and cat flaps.
“Laptops are another regular target for burglars so don’t tempt a thief by leaving them on view through a window or door.”
Further crime prevention advice can be found by visiting Northamptonshire Police.
Alternatively, residents can contact their local Crime Prevention Officer by calling 101.