Detectives in East Yorkshire are urging residents to do more to protect their homes after 43 sneak-in burglaries across the region since the beginning of January.
The spike in sneak-in burglaries equate to 46% of all the burglaries committed in the area. Sneak-ins are when burglars enter properties through open windows or doors.
Humberside Police remains committed to tackling burglary with activity on-going to prevent and detect crime, but without the public taking action to stop preventable crimes, sneak-in burglaries will continue to occur.
Detective Inspector Allison Sweeting from the Priority Crime Team said: “The recent trend is worrying with nearly half of the offence recorded being linked to offenders entering through windows left ajar or through unlocked doors. Often in these cases offenders are opportunists walking around residential area’s looking for possible insecure properties. I would therefore urge people to make sure that they always lock doors and only keep windows open in occupied rooms – a simple step which can deter opportunist offenders.”
As well as locking windows and doors the public also have a role to play in getting property registered onto www.immobilise.com so it can be identified and returned if lost or stolen.
People are also urged to call the police if they see people acting suspiciously, if there is a burglary in progress or if they have details about those involved in criminality and can do this using 999 in an emergency, 101 in a non-emergency or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
For further details of how to protect your home visit the Humberside Police home security page.