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Avoid being a victim of crime

Police advice Photo: PA

Officers are advising people to pay extra attention to home, bike and vehicle security as this is often seen as an opportunist time for this type of crime.

Window advice Credit: PA

Here's a list of suggestions from police:

Windows

Always lock your windows when you leave the house.

Remove the keys and keep them in a safe place. However, everyone should know where the keys are kept so they can escape in an emergency.

Doors

Keep your front and back doors locked or in view when you are at home.

Use or consider fitting a door chain and spy hole - a chain allows you to speak to the caller without opening the door fully and the spy hole also you to see who is at the door.

Fit five lever mortice locks to all external doors.

Check your cylinder locks on patio/plastic doors and ensure they are snap and bump resistant - a local Master Locksmith can advise if you are not sure.

Keys can be easy pickings Credit: PA

Keys

Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat, burglars know all the usual hiding places.

Never leave your house or car keys in or near a door or window.

Attention should also be paid to the security of sheds and garages and to the property stored within.

Avoiding car crime Credit: PA

Parked cars - especially those left in remote areas such as beauty spots - should be left locked and secure with no property left on display and satellite navigation devices, car audio equipment, cameras, handbags and laptops should be removed from the vehicle entirely.

Bikes should always be left secure, using a sturdy lock covering the bike stand, wheel rim and frame together.

People attending large scale events or out and about in busy areas should be mindful of thieves and keep handbags closed and mobile phones out of sight and kept securely on their person.

The clocks go forward on Sunday 30 March 2014.