Summer is the season for burglaries

Burglars have open door philosophy

by Mike Isle

It seems summer could bring out the worst of us as well as the best, as Canterbury police warn that this is the burglary season and we need to be extra vigilant.

In these hot sultry days, many of us succumb to the temptation to keep doors and windows open to keep cool — but police warn that is also an irresistible temptation for thieves on the prowl.

Metro area prevention manager Inspector Leairne Dow says thieves and burglars will take every chance they can to get what they are after and that includes entering a house even if they know someone is working out the back or in the garage.

“Whether you are home or not, you should be thinking about security,” she said.

Inspector Dow said homeowners could take some simple measures to avoid offering thieves an open-door invitation.

They include keeping the front door locked, even if at home; keeping a screen door locked as well, and securing windows and using locks and security latches where possible.

Inspector Dow said that anyone who sees any suspicious behaviour should contact police immediately by dialling 111.

Information can also be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.