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Public reminded to keep businesses and homes secure

Police are reminding businesses and homeowners to keep their premises and homes secure over the summer months.

Latest figures show that burglaries are reducing across Dorset.

Non-dwelling burglaries – which includes commercial premises, sheds and garages – are down nearly 10 per cent compared to last year.

Dwelling burglaries are down by just under 12 per cent.

Detective Inspector Richard Dixey said: “It’s great to see that both commercial and dwelling burglaries are falling. It has been a priority for the Force this year and the public have been very supportive in listening to our advice and keeping their homes and premises secure.

“We are not complacent though and are working hard to reduce incidents even further. I’d urge business owners and householders to continue to help us by taking every step to keep their premises and homes secure.

“Particularly in the summer months, it’s important that windows and doors are not left easily accessible for opportunist burglars to try their luck. Keep doors and windows locked, including sheds and garages.

“Don’t leave valuables – including car keys or spare door keys – on display or in an obvious place such as under a flower pot or doormat and don’t keep large amounts of cash in your home.

“If you are going away on holiday ask friends, family or neighbours to keep an eye on your property and remove any clues to you being away.

“I would also urge people to keep their eyes peeled for anyone acting suspiciously in their area. If you see something suspicious, or if you think a burglary is taking place, please call the police immediately.”

Further information about protecting your business and home, as well as a wide range of other crime prevention advice, is available on the Crime Prevention Portal on this website.