NORTH Wales police have issued crime prevention tips that can be forgotten during the summer months.

As the weather gets better over half term and into the summer, we’d like to remind residents of simple crime prevention tips that are often forgotten in sunny weather but can also make you vulnerable to theft.

  • Always close and lock your doors and windows, even if you’re just going into your back garden as you may not hear someone coming through an open window or door at the front.
  • Make sure any valuables are left out of sight in your house and shed.
  • Keep keys, money and bags away from the letterbox or cat flaps as thieves can hook valuables through small spaces.
  • Lock sheds and garages, preferably not using a lock that burglars could use a screwdriver to open.
  • Lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, or to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall.
  • If out in the evening or overnight, shut curtains and use a timer to automatically turn lights on at night.
  • Don’t advertise that you are away from home on social media- this could tell a burglar that you’re not home.

Sergeant Arwel Hughes said: “We hope that everyone is able to enjoy the summer weather but would also like to remind the community to be aware that criminals are opportunist and may take advantage of open windows or unlocked sheds as they know people will be out in the nice weather.

“Please be vigilant and don’t make it easy for a thief to take your hard-earned and valuable items by leaving windows and doors open unattended as we move into summer.”

More crime prevention advice available here