Police warning after burglary rate doubles in Wakefield

THE Burglary rate in Wakefield area has more than doubled during the past week, according to police.

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Police are urging homeowners to be vigilant after revealing many of the 31 burglaries happened after doors and windows were left unlocked.

Det Insp Andy Welbourn of Wakefield Police, said: “Understandably, people are opening windows and doors to help with ventilation during the warm weather and criminals are taking advantage.

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“This is not about asking people to batten down the hatches when the sun shines but is just a gentle reminder to take sensible precautions when ventilating your house.

“You might just be in your back garden for ten minutes, but that’s more than enough time for a burglar to sneak in through an unlocked side door.”

DI Welbourne added: “Offenders will also take advantage of domestic, or garden tools laying around to help break in to a property, so locking these away can also deter an offender from targeting your home.”

The force’s crime prevention officer Chris Joyce, said; “Locking doors and windows that are easily accessible may seem simple, but it really does deter opportunistic offenders from targeting your home and is one of a number of simple steps you can take. Go to www.westyorkshire.police.uk/burglary