The change in weather may encourage residents to leave windows open but please take care over your home security.
 
Many burglaries are crimes of opportunity. The burglar only needs to spot an open window, unlocked side gate or dodgy security alarm to make their move.
 
Neighbourhoods Team staff have visited locations of recent burglary offences and provided crime prevention information to the surrounding properties in order to alert those residents.
 
Think about it – if you know your home security looks poor, so will the thief. Statistics show that properties with little security are 5 times more likely to be burgled than those with good security.
 
Mark your Property – Mark important and expensive possessions (such as computers or tablets) with your postcode and house number using special security marker pens. Keep a record of the make, model and serial number of all electrical equipment for reference. 
 
Take photographs of valuable items (such jewellery, ornaments or sentimental items). If the police recover them after a burglary, this record will be proof that they are stolen goods – and that they are yours.
 
We encourage you not to leave items on display and always keep doors and windows locked when you are away from your property.
 
There are Crime Prevention guides online at:https://www.northants.police.uk/advice/prevention