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Cleveland Police are reminding members of the public to lock their doors and windows to prevent burglaries during the summer.

Although there is always an expected increase in temperatures during the summer months, officers want to remind people to deter burglars by keeping their doors and windows locked, even whilst indoors, securing garden sheds and keeping valuable gardening tools out of sight.

Detective Chief Inspector of Volume Crime, Jason Dickson, said: “During the summer, people have a tendency to leave their doors and windows insecure and valuable gardening items can be left around in full view of criminals.

"Even when indoors, people go into their gardens and leave their front doors unlocked, which can provide the perfect chance for an opportunist burglar to get into your home.

"We want to help members of the public to prevent themselves from becoming victims of crime. Not doing so can have long-lasting effects.”

Crime prevention advice is available on the Cleveland Police website at http://www.cleveland.police.uk/advice-information/Crime-Reduction.aspx

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