Is your home secure? Convicted burglars share tips to stop yourself becoming an easy target

PUBLISHED: 17:02 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:03 11 August 2017

Cash stolen during Poundland burglary.

Cash stolen during Poundland burglary.

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Convicted burglars are playing a key role in a new police campaign warning people to keep their properties locked and avoid posting online when on holiday.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s BeHomeSafe campaign is also warning people not to leave windows open when they are not in the room.

The campaign comes after the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology worked with 33 burglars in prison in Bristol.

Around a third of burglaries are opportunistic, and the burglars said they would often use back doors to gain access and spend the most time in people’s bedrooms looking for smaller, more valuable items.

Tips to avoid burglars getting their hands on your valuables
– Don’t store jewellery, money, sentimental items and things you’ve saved up for in bedroom drawers

– Lock away tablets, mobile phones, wallets and cards

– Close front windows when you’re in the garden or not in the room

– Close all windows when you leave the house

– Install a 5 point mortice lock your doors

– Ensure you have locks on all windows

And before you go on holiday...

– Use automatic timer switches for lights

– Don’t leave bins and recycling boxes outside

– Ask trusted neighbours to keep a look out, turn lights on at night and park on your driveway

– Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social media.

Detective Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte said: “Being a victim of burglary is horrible.

“We know often people don’t secure their homes because of the misplaced belief ‘it won’t happen to me’. But this message straight from the mouths of burglars gives clear advice about the simple steps we all need to take to protect our homes.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: ‘Many burglary victims have shared with me how disruptive and upsetting this crime is.

“Being burgled means more than the inconvenience of an insurance claim and has the potential to ruin your summer.

“Around 30 per cent of all burglaries could have been avoided, because burglars got in through open windows, unsecured sheds or unlocked doors. I am keen that together, we all do what we can to avoid opportunist thieves.”

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