LAST week I gave out some security advice to people who own caravans.
But with the holiday season well and truly upon us, I’d like to reiterate the issues anyone who is going away should be aware of.
No-one wants to come back from holiday to find thieves have taken advantage of their absence.
You can avoid this by taking simple precautions to ensure your home isn’t obviously empty while you’re away.
Before you go:
Don’t boast about your forthcoming holiday or trip away in the pub or club. You never know who is listening.
Cancel the milk and newspaper deliveries, but do this discreetly in the shop and make sure nobody can overhear you.
Don’t make it obvious that your home’s empty – ask a neighbour to close and open your curtains in the morning and at night and use automatic timer switches for your lights. Ask the neighbour to pick up any mail piled up behind the door that may be visible.
If you have a lawn, cut it before you go and trim back any plants which burglars could hide behind.
Lock away valuable items such as pedal cycles – they may be safer in your home than in an outhouse or shed.
Keep all valuables out of sight, well away from windows where they can be seen by casual passers-by.
Double check that you have locked all doors and windows.
If you’re going abroad it’s also worth remembering to keep your belongings, like money, travel documents, passports and jewellery safe – don’t carry them all together when you’re out and about.
ABOUT £250-worth of goods was stolen from Asda in Fixby on June 29.
Now we want to talk to these two men.
On the day in question, two men put a large amount of items in a trolley before walking past all the tills and leaving.
Anyone who recognises the two men pictured should call Pc Jonathan Booth at Huddersfield North Neighbourhood Policing Team via 0845 6060606, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.