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Now the weather is brightening up and the sun is shining, it is all too tempting to become complacent when it comes to home security. Approximately 25 percent of break-ins that take place in the spring and summer months are gained through insecure windows and doors.

When out in your garden ensure that windows and doors to the front of the house are secure. It only takes a second for someone to get into your home and take things without you noticing.

REMEMBER not all burglars work alone. One suspect will go to the front door and distract you while another enters through an open window or door. Never open your door to a stranger. If someone does come to your door and you are alone be cautious.

With the onset of British Summer Time, people are being warned to take precautions in protecting their garden sheds.

Offenders see sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures. They often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner’s home.

Although there’s never a guarantee that gardens will not be targeted, there are measures that can be put in place to deter thieves. A simple awareness of garden security and an investment in high quality locks can ensure that homeowners can enjoy the summer months without worry.