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Burglary warning as incidents on rise
POLICE officers in Knutsford have issued another warning to homeowners after an increase in burglaries in the area.
Earlier in the summer the force warned residents to be on their guard but have this week issued another alert after noticing some homeowners were not heeding the force’s advice.
In an email bulletin to property owners in the Knutsford area, Chief Insp Paul Carroll said there had been an increase in properties being broken into due to them being left unlocked.
In the email he said: “Probably due to the warmer weather members of the public are leaving doors and windows open and offenders are using these areas as points of entry to steal property.
“If you are in the garden please make sure that external doors and windows are locked.”
Chief Insp Carroll later told the Guardian that residents should help Knutsford’s officers to stop crime.
“Please don’t become a victim by leaving your windows and doors insecure,” he said.
Residents are being urged take note of the following crime reduction advice; make sure that all windows are closed and locked, even when you are at home or in the garden; keep all valuables out of the line of sight of prying eyes, never put car keys or purses on window-sills or in view of a window or door; and do not leave valuables or equipment on display in your car.
DS Dan Ackerley, from Cheshire Police, added: “The temptation is to leave doors and windows open or unlocked.
“We would urge you to stay security conscious and keep your house secure - even when you’re at home.
“During the summer months, there tends to be an increase in opportunist ‘sneak in’ burglaries with criminals targeting residents who leave windows open, patios unlocked and doors ajar.
“Please be aware of your personal and home security so criminals don’t exploit the opportunity of an open door or window to enter your home and steal your belongings.”
Residents are being reminded to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police.
If you have any information in relation to burglaries or see anyone acting suspiciously, call Cheshire Police on 101.
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