Police have urged people not to let the hot weather tempt them into leaving doors and windows open or unlocked.
Merseyside has sizzled over the past week, with temperatures repeatedly hitting the mid-20s.
The summer sunshine has led to crowds flocking to the region’s beautiful coastline and parks in a bid to make the most of the blue skies.
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With the hot days have come hot nights, with temperatures remaining high into the early hours causing some to struggle to sleep.
Forecasters at the Met Office predict thermometers in Liverpool will remain above 20C overnight, meaning another potentially restless night for many.
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But while it is understandable that people will have windows and doors open to cool their homes, police say homeowners need to remain vigilant.
Merseyside Police took to Twitter and Facebook this week to remind people to close windows and lock doors when they leave the home so as not to provide burglars with an easy opportunity.
The force wrote: “Phew it’s hot tonight! We’re hoping even burglars won’t have the energy to do anything but have a siesta, but we can’t be too sure (they’re cold-hearted after all).
“So if you’re going out to enjoy the Costa del Merseyside, remember to close all your windows and lock your doors.”
Similar advice is important for overnight as well, with easily-accessible windows left open potentially attracting opportunistic burglars.
This is just some of the advice available on the force website for those looking to protect themselves from being targeted:
- Burglars target homes that they think will contain valuables. A sure giveaway is leaving packaging from expensive items outside your front door
- Burglars often look for homes with windows or doors left open or with vulnerable features that they can exploit
- Burglars are aware of the times when someone is expected to be away from their house such as during the school run or holidays
- Burglars typically do not want to be seen or heard and if they feel that they would be noticed by a neighbour or passerby then they are more likely to feel exposed and may move on to find somewhere else to burgle
- Burglars often choose a home because they’ve spotted a specific vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle they want to steal – and the keys are more than likely to be inside the residence
- Sheds and garages are often vulnerable as they are not that secure and contain tools which the burglar can use to assist them to gain entry to a home
- It’s a fact that many burglars return to homes that they’ve previously burgled because the homeowner failed to upgrade security following the first burglary. They sometimes return to an area to try to burgle a nearby home that they spotted while committing a previous break in. Even more reason for you to ensure you keep your home as safe as houses
More crime prevention advice is available from Merseyside Police here
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