POLICE are reminding residents to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries in the local area.
A number of homes have been ransacked with items stolen during recent weeks and I have seen the upset this causes with two of my own friends being burgled on the same day.
The impact of burglary isn’t just financial, it can also have a significant impact on emotional well-being and sense of security. I can only imagine the sense of violation that must be felt when an intruder has entered your property, the thought of a stranger helping themselves to hard-earned possessions and going through personal belongings must be highly distressing.
Too often we hear stories of the police not attending homes and just handing out crime numbers, so I was pleased to hear the authorities were treating the thefts seriously and had attended the crime scenes to collect evidence.
Although a determined burglar will often find a way to force entry into a property, it should serve as a reminder for people to secure their properties by locking doors and windows and not leaving valuable possessions on display.
The rise of technology has made home CCTV camera equipment available at a reasonable cost and I am aware of several people with hidden cameras set up in every room.
My parents who live in Spain have cameras placed in my grandmothers flat in London (which she is aware of) that enables them to keep a close eye on her should she need any help.
I hope the criminal(s) will soon be caught, yet in the meantime I implore you to secure your home and report any suspicious activity.