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24 June 2010, 17:18
There have been 60 burglaries at homes in Bournemouth and Poole in the last fortnight.
The police say that's up a third on the same time last year.
They reckon it's because of the good weather as almost 75 per cent of these crimes have occurred in homes where doors and windows have been left insecure.
John Green, Crime Reduction Advisor for Bournemouth and Poole, said: "The average burglar is an opportunist, but people are making it far too easy.
"Hot weather brings out burglars, because homeowners are moving into the garden, leaving front doors and windows insecure, with handbags and purses left just inside the door. Or, once they have had enough sun, people are moving indoors, or going out, forgetting to lock their doors, patios and windows.
"Homeowners are also leaving ground floor doors and windows insecure, which burglars can easily reach through or climb to.
"During this hot weather, homeowners need to consider the security of their homes, as well as their own enjoyment."
Dorset Police is also issuing the following advice to homeowners:
Make sure you lock doors, windows and gates even when you are home. Lock your sheds and garages too.
Check that the garden is clear of objects that can be used to break doors and windows, and remove anything that aids climbing. Also lock bicycles.
Do not leave bags, purses, keys or valuables on view near doors and windows. Laptops, games consoles and sat-navs should be hidden from view.