A large number of offences have been reported in North East Lincolnshire in which keys have been used to open doors.
So what is the last thing you do before you go to bed at night? For most people it is probably lock the door and turn all the lights off. If that is what you do, what do you do with your keys once you have locked your door? Some people might hide them away, take them to bed and others, well they leave them in the door.
Now to some, leaving keys in the door is no issue, but would you change your mind if you knew that in North East Lincolnshire there have been 16 incidents where thieves have targeted homes and hooked the keys from the door, then gained entry to the house? This resulting in vehicles, handbags, laptops and mobile phones being stolen.
Detectives across North East Lincolnshire are now asking people to think about extra home security and to NOT leave keys in the door, as they are more easily accessible than you might think! A thief wanting to get into your home, in potentially the quietest way they can, will use some form of hooking device to hook the keys and then plain and simply unlock your door. This then giving themselves free reign of your address, whilst most people are fast asleep in bed.
This however is not the only way thieves are trying to get into your home, some are even going to the extreme of trying to remove the door handles and locks off the door. An instrument will then be used to open the door. Now, although the majority of these have not resulted in a burglary it causes great hassle to the home owners who have to replace the door handle and locks, often at a cost.
There are a number of ways that you can help reduce your chances of becoming a victim, and the majority of them don’t take a lot of time. Just look at your home and think what might make it welcoming to a thief? Have you left your door unlocked? Have you left your keys in the door? Are there valuable items left on show? All of these tiny considerations will deter a thief from not stopping by your door. So, now you have identified what might make you a target, you can also think about extra home security. CCTV, security lights, security chains and an anti snap lock barrel are things that people can consider.
These incidents, which have happened in North East Lincolnshire, have happened in a number of locations, so don’t think this isn’t near my house, so it wont happen to me. A thief can strike at anytime of the day and they don’t even care if you are at home watching tv, in bed or out at work. If you have something they have their eye on then they wont stop until they have it.