Don’t help burglars break into your property by leaving tools lying around outside when you’re not at home.
Safer New Forest Partnership warns that opportunist thieves are on the lookout for quick and easy access to houses – and ladders, garden and DIY tools left in the garden or outbuilding are an open invitation to burglars.
Residents are urged to take simple security measures to prevent them from becoming burglary victims. These include:
Cllr Jill Cleary, New Forest District Council portfolio holder for housing and communities, said: “It only takes a minute for a thief to enter your home if you leave your back door or a window open. Always lock your doors, windows and side gates to your back garden. Lock away all garden tools and ladders in the garage or shed and use an alarmed padlock if possible.”
The Safer New Forest Partnership offers residents a high quality alarmed padlock for £10 which can be purchased at New Forest District Council information centres