Warning over Windows as Burglaries Soar in Heat

Update from Police Sergeant Mick MacDonald

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  Police Sergeant Mick MacDonald of Parsons Green and Walham Safer Neighbourhoods Team is once again warning local people to watch their windows as the number of burglaries soars in the hot weather.

Mick says: " Since April 1st this ward has suffered a total of 43 residential burglaries. In the same period last year we only had 18!

" The vast majority of this year's offences have been effected by opening sash windows. This is a recurring issue for us this year and 43 burglaries in less than three months is a disappointing statistic. Officers on your safer Neighbourhoods team have changed some of our shifts to work late and on those occasions there have been no burglaries.

" However, we cannot be on duty all the time and our colleagues on the 24 hour response teams have a wider area of responsibility than just our ward. Sands End ward is also suffering a rise in burglary at the moment and once again, the main point of entry is the sash window.

" Sash window bolts are relatively inexpensive and easy to fit. Once installed they do act as a deterrent. Indeed of the 43 crimes I have mentioned, 11 of them were thwarted and are recorded as attempted burglary only. This seems to support the theory that there are simple, inexpensive measures that can be taken to prevent this offence.

" Over the last weekend we had six burglaries. One person was arrested for two of them and has since been charged. However, he is unlikely to be the only opportunist burglar in the area so please, if you don't already have window bolts fitted, make it a priority to do so. It will vastly reduce the possibility of you being burgled.

" If you do have them fitted, please use them. Whilst on patrol we notice countless houses where the bolts are clearly visible, but also clearly not locked. If we can see this, so can the burglar.

" Also, don't leave your valuables near the windows though as they will attract attention."

Mick adds however, that his message is not all bad news. " Since April 1st we have seen 36 thefts from vehicles compared to 43 last year, a reduction of 16%. We are finding fewer cars with valuables on display and clearly this is limiting the opportunity for thieves. "

July 2, 2010