Warning after increase in Portishead burglaries

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 August 2018

Nick Gough. Picture: PCC

Nick Gough. Picture: PCC

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Homeowners are being warned to make sure they close their windows and doors after burglaries in Portishead increased during the summer.

The chairman of the town’s Partners and Communities Together (PACT) group, Nick Gough, says Portishead has seen more criminal incidents than usual take place over the past two months.

He believes a number of them are down to residents leaving windows and doors open at their homes to keep their homes cool during the hot weather.

Mr Gough told the Times: “We have continued to see an increase in burglaries and despite my warnings last month some of these burglaries can be attributed to doors and windows being left open due to hot weather.

“Don’t forget – think like a burglar – don’t make it easy for them to gain access to your property.

“It only takes a minute for them to steal something.”

According to Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s crime map, there were eight reported burglaries in Portishead in June compared to five in May, four in April and just one in March.

Mr Gough believes the warm weather also leads to an increase in other crimes, such as shed break-ins, and has urged residents to keep valuable items hidden from sight.

He said: “I have recently done house-to-house enquiries in areas which have been affected by burglary and found a high percentage of residents leaving front doors unlocked or open – some with keys in – and garages open with high-value equipment on display.

“I know with the hot weather there is temptation to leave doors open to get a through-draft, but it really isn’t worth losing your prized possessions and your car.

“At this time of year we also see an increase in doorstep crimes like scams and distraction burglaries, as well as shed break-ins.

“Here is some basic crime prevention advice – remember, if you’re not sure, don’t open the door.”

Police community support officers have also been delivering letters in Portishead to warn of burglaries.

Portishead PACT meets from 7-8.30pm every other month on the last Thursday at the Folk Hall in High Street.

The next meeting will be held on September 27.

For more information about its work, search for Portishead PACT on Facebook.

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