(PRWEB UK) 11 August 2012
One of the leading suppliers of handles for doors in the UK, Door Handles LTD is this week bringing to light an interview with a police chief from Elk River in America about the most common crimes in that area. Not surprising the most common crime is theft but more surprisingly is that many of those thefts were preventable.
An increase of thefts were linked with the warmer weather in the summer when it is a lot more common for windows to be left open and door handles to be left unlocked as people are entering and leaving their gardens on a more frequent basis due to the sunshine. Obviously thieves are aware of this and taking advantage of it on unsuspecting homeowners.
The main targets for the thieves are cars in the street that may have the window left down, which enables a thief to put their hand in and easily open the door. Once inside they can steal items such as laptops, mobile phones and GPS devices. It is advised that these items are not left in the car as they are the very reason that attracts thieves to the car in the first place but if it is absolutely necessary they should be kept out of sit when the car is not in use.
Front and back doors are also becoming an increasing popular target for criminals as they simply walk up to a house and try the door to check if it is unlocked. If confronted they play innocent by saying that they have the wrong address and this can be quite difficult to disprove if they have not actually damaged the property to gain access. It is advised to report any suspicious activity to the police. A very common and effective technique of countering such activity is the formation of a neighbourhood watch so that all homeowners in a certain area keep an eye on their neighbours properties for suspicious activities.
Door Handles LTD would like to advise that the best way to prevent this type of crime is to simply secure and lock a door at night time or when leaving the house as it means if a home is targeted these types of criminals will simply move to the next house as they are too cautious as to actually break in to the house by force. The company also wishes to warn homeowners to refrain from keeping spare keys under the mat of the door or under a nearby rock or stone as these are very obvious hiding places.
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