The long-awaiting heat wave is in full swing. However, before you surrender to weeks with your feet up, relaxing in the shade, the experts are warning us to take proper precautions - because there's every risk that a crime wave will accompany the heat wave.
So what are the risks and what can you do?
Summer burglariesExperts at Confused.com say that burglaries peak in the summer months. There are a number of reasons for it. First is the fact that more homes are left unoccupied over the summer as people enjoy their holidays - nearly a quarter of victims (23%) were on holiday when their home was broken into
Summer burglaries could also be attributed to a more relaxed attitude adopted by people over the summer months, as people socialise in their gardens and enjoy the sunshine. According to the research, more than a quarter of burglaries (27%) occur as a result of the intruder entering through an open door or window.
It seems this blasé attitude to home security is being adopted by too many people, with one in five Brits (20%) admitting that they don't have any security measures in place to deter burglars. Worryingly, a fifth of burglary victims (22%) did not have home insurance in place when the break-in occurred either.
Protect yourselfThe experts say it's essential to stay on your guard, and take some simple steps:
- Make sure you close doors and windows when you go out.
- Fit secure window and door locks.
- Make sure tools and ladders are locked away so they cannot be used by a burglar.
- If you are out in the back garden, make sure your property is secured at the front.
- If you are in the garden, don't leave valuables unattended or doors open when you pop back in.
- Don't leave items within reach of open windows and doors - even when you are in the room.
- When you go away, arrange for a neighbour to look in on the property regularly, and stop post from piling up
- Also install timers to turn the lights on at night, and a burglar alarm.
- Don't advertise if you are planning to go away. Be especially wary of talking about it on social networking sites.
- Keep an eye on your neighbours' homes and ask them to do the same for you.