Burnley police warning after spate of sneak-in burglaries

Police have arrested a 62-year-old man
Police have arrested a 62-year-old man
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Police in Burnley are warning homeowners to be vigilant following a number of sneak-in burglaries.

On one occasion the occupier of a house was in the back garden sunbathing when somebody has climbed in via an insecure groundfloor window and stolen a number of electrical items.

With the hot weather set to continue, police have issued some crime prevention tips:

- Keep doors and windows locked at all times – even when you’re inside.

- Don’t forget to lock the door behind you and remove the key from the lock.

- Keep keys, cash and valuables out of sight and in a safe place.

- Door chimes might deter a burglar from entering your property – but remember to always lock your door.

- If you’re outside gardening or hanging out washing, make sure doors and windows are locked.

- Put packaging for expensive items in the bin or take it to be recycled. Don’t advertise what’s in your house.

- Make sure door and window locks are fitted to the appropriate standards. Cheap locks or deteriorating fittings all make your home an easy target for burglars.

- Check that existing security, such as alarms and external lights are working and use them to protect your home.

- Join or start a Neighbourhood Watch Group and look out for your neighbours.

- If you have a garage use it to store your vehicle out of sight.

- Report any suspicious activity.