04:08AM, Monday 03 September 2012
Homeowners are still making life too easy for burglars, police have warned.
They have included both daytime and evening break-ins where rear doors and windows have either been forced open or left insecure.
Out of the eight in Windsor, five involved properties left insecure.
Anne Chalmers, crime prevention and reduction advisor for the Royal Borough, said: “A building that presents itself as unoccupied or unsecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.”
She recommends that people double lock side gates, windows and doors, while making sure that ladders and garden tools are locked in sheds.
Trimming high hedges and fitting a burglar alarm and security lighting are also recommended.
There is some good news though. Only 257 burglaries were recorded during the last full year of recording, as compared to 294 the year before.
More than 50 street parties are set to take place this weekend across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.