Cheltenham police warn homeowners to be cautious in warm weather

The recent warm weather has been a godsend to many Cheltenham residents, allowing them to let their hair down and enjoy the sun. However, it has also been a boon for burglars in the area, who have been taking advantage of lax summer security by entering homes through unlocked doors and windows.

Cheltenham police have warned residents to tighten up their security because three homes have been burgled in the warm spell, due to homes being left unsecured – making them the perfect target for opportunistic burglars.

On Thursday 6th June, one home was hit at 3.30am, with a gold ring and wallet being stolen from the Margrett Road property. The burglar allegedly walked right in through the front door to steal the property, bold as brass.

The night before, another burglar strolled through the back door of a Farm Close property and stole a leather handbag from the owner’s kitchen, at around 11pm. The homeowners were, at that time, sitting in the next room watching TV and did not notice a thing.

Also, a home in Hatherly was entered through the front door and keys and money were swiped without the occupants being aware of the theft.

Police fear that more burglaries could take place while the weather is good. They have advised local people to ensure their homes are secured by locking doors.

Using security measures like electric shutters, lockable security gates and burglar alarms are also great ways to avoid thefts. Encouraging neighbours to look out for suspicious activity is also advisable.

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