Rise in number of burglaries during past week

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A spate of burglaries and thefts from cars in Northamptonshire has prompted police officers to issue safety advice.

In the past seven days there have been 66 burglaries and 65 thefts from cars across the whole county.

Police are now reminding people to close their doors and windows and not invite burglars into their homes and cars.

The warm weather is often a trigger for the number of incidents to rise, as people leave open windows to let in the fresh air.

In the past week there were three burglaries in Corby, three in Kettering, 10 in East Northamptonshire and four in Wellingborough.

Thieves targeted two cars in Corby, eight in Kettering, five in East Northamptonshire and 13 in Wellingborough.

Superintendent Mick Stamper said: “It is tempting to fling open the windows with the arrival of warmer weather but we want to remind people to make sure they close and lock them when they are not the room, otherwise it could be an open invitation to criminals.

“Also, make sure that outbuildings such as sheds and garages are secure. It is also advisable to use timer switches on lights and if possible an alarm system.

“Likewise, always remember to secure your car when you leave it, even if you don’t think you are going to be long. It takes seconds for an offender to gain access and steal items from inside, or even the car.”

“Many burglars and thieves are opportunist and are looking for the easy option when it comes to committing crime – the more secure your home is; the less likely you are to become a victim of crime.

“The message is clear, don’t make it easy for someone to come in and take what they want from your home or car.”