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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 6th Jul 18, 8:38 AM
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    Thieves taking advantage of warm weather
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    • 6th Jul 18, 8:38 AM
    Thieves taking advantage of warm weather 6th Jul 18 at 8:38 AM
    Woke up to read on FB that two of my friends were broken in last night. One had an iPad and the other, her purse.

    Both live 5-6 miles away and both of the thieves (doubt they the same thieves) went through open downstairs windows.

    Asking everyone to keep downstairs doors and windows locked before they go to bed. Though it's difficult for those living in bungalows and ground floor flats plus those who have pets that sleep downstairs.

    My parents always lock every downstairs window and door before they go to bed, even in this weather
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 6th Jul 18, 8:41 AM
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    Why would you leave your downstairs windows open when you have gone to bed? That's just asking to be broken into in my opinion.

    Then again I only have them open if I am in, if I was in the garden for the afternoon or something I would shut them onto the latches at least.

    ETA: Most common occurrence in hot weather are people just walking in through open back doors and taking handbag, phone, laptop etc.
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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 6th Jul 18, 8:58 AM
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    Also my parents keep the side gate locked when not using it. Only gets unlocked when watering the tubs on the front and taking the rubbish and recycling to top of drive the night before bin day.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 6th Jul 18, 8:59 AM
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    Leaving downstairs windows open at night is practically an open invitation to burglars!

    We live in a bungalow and always have our bedroom window open: it is at the back which is inaccessible, though.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Jul 18, 9:00 AM
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    I shut my windows and lock my doors even before I go to the loo in daylight hours! I can think of nothing worse than hearing the sound of somebody entering the house ... while I'm unable to deal with it! Even a delivery driver's "Hello? Anybody in?" when you've your knickers round your ankles doesn't work.

    My gates are locked unless I am expecting a delivery/person.
    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 6th Jul 18, 9:28 AM
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    I have just come in from the garden at the back of the house where I was picking fruit for about 15 minutes and the front door was standing open so that the dog could go out if he wanted - nothing got stolen.
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    • davetrousers
    • By davetrousers 6th Jul 18, 9:31 AM
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    I have just come in from the garden at the back of the house where I was picking fruit for about 15 minutes and the front door was standing open so that the dog could go out if he wanted - nothing got stolen.
    Originally posted by Wizard of Id

    Now try it overnight
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    • By Ms Chocaholic 6th Jul 18, 9:37 AM
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    I leave my windows open downstairs during the day when I'm pottering about but I always remove anything valuable from sight such as my phone. They're welcome to the 12 year old TV tho with it's damaged screen.
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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 6th Jul 18, 9:44 AM
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    Now try it overnight
    Originally posted by davetrousers
    Door is open all day when I'm at home and I regularly go upstairs or out back but why would I want to go out back at night?
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    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 6th Jul 18, 9:48 AM
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    Now try it overnight
    Originally posted by davetrousers
    When I lived near the centre of Wolverhampton, the front door, three steps up from the pavement, got left wide open from Friday morning to Monday evening and absolutely nothing untoward happened.

    Luck has a lot to do with it. Leaving a door or window open won't automatically lead to a theft.
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    • Cheeky_Monkey
    • By Cheeky_Monkey 6th Jul 18, 10:41 AM
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    It happens every year, every time we have a hot spell.

    The trouble is that insurance companies won't pay out if it's down to the householder's negligence.

    Tbh, anyone who leaves a downstairs window open when they go to bed is asking for trouble.
    I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Jul 18, 10:43 AM
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    I have just come in from the garden at the back of the house where I was picking fruit for about 15 minutes and the front door was standing open so that the dog could go out if he wanted - nothing got stolen.
    Originally posted by Wizard of Id
    There was somebody on MSE about 10 years ago that said their dad had taken the dog out for an early morning walk and the house was robbed while the poster and her mum were still in bed upstairs.

    I always lock my door behind me if I'm gardening at the front.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 6th Jul 18, 10:46 AM
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    We also keep front and side doors locked. A former colleague was gardening, in her front garden. She stood up in time to see a youth run out of her house with her handbag. Easily done.
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    • joansgirl
    • By joansgirl 6th Jul 18, 10:59 AM
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    I don't leave any windows open at night but during the day, especially in this warmer weather, the patio doors from the conservatory to the back garden are left open all the time, even when I'm working out the front.

    I do have a burglar alarm called Bailie though, she goes garrity if anyone comes anywhere near the house. In fact I've had to move the sofa away from the living room window as she used to climb on it and bark at everything that went past.

    I remember one time I took her out on the green at the front for a wee. It was about 1 in the morning and as we came back into our garden I noticed next door had left their downstairs living room window open. Their house was in darkness so I assumed they'd gone to bed and forgotten it was open, so I carefully pushed it closed. Next thing I know some bloke was pushing the window open and shouting at me because he thought I was a burglar. Turned out that he was sleeping on their sofa overnight and had left the window open to get some air
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    • Cheeky_Monkey
    • By Cheeky_Monkey 6th Jul 18, 11:52 AM
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    I remember one time I took her out on the green at the front for a wee. It was about 1 in the morning and as we came back into our garden I noticed next door had left their downstairs living room window open. Their house was in darkness so I assumed they'd gone to bed and forgotten it was open, so I carefully pushed it closed. Next thing I know some bloke was pushing the window open and shouting at me because he thought I was a burglar. Turned out that he was sleeping on their sofa overnight and had left the window open to get some air
    Originally posted by joansgirl
    I hope he soon realised his mistake and thanked you for being an excellent neighbour
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    • JessyRM
    • By JessyRM 6th Jul 18, 12:21 PM
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    Summer is peak season for burglaries, all those people going on lovely holidays and posting about it on facebook
    There is also a rise due to insecure properties.

    Last week we had a report of a lady who had fallen asleep in her arm chair with the patio door open and her handbag and laptop was stolen. This was in a rural village too.. if the opportunity is there someone will take it.
    She couldn't claim on her insurance and she lost a lot of money.

    I always advise people to lock accessible doors and windows unless they are in the house and alert.
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 6th Jul 18, 12:27 PM
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    Bungalow here too. What do you do? Have a window open at night or suffocate? Bad enough sleeping in the heat anyway.
    I check all the windows and doors except for our bedroom last thing though.
    I hesitate to say "It's a low crime area" because that's not a "No crime area", but it is low crime around here.
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    • tacpot12
    • By tacpot12 6th Jul 18, 12:38 PM
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    Many windows these days have a way to lock them, but leave them open a small amount to allow air to circulate. If you have these, If your windows have these, I'd recommend you use them.
    • Deep In Debt
    • By Deep In Debt 6th Jul 18, 6:29 PM
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    I've accidentally left my kitchen window open the last couple of nights and only just noticed it today so it must have also been open during the day too. I've never done that before.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 6th Jul 18, 6:48 PM
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    I have sash windows, and these are great because you can fix locks on them which allow the window to be opened up to 6" either at the top or the bottom.

    That way, you can leave the window open, but no-one can get in without smashing the window to smithereens.

    I still shut and lock the downstairs ones at night, though, or if I'm going out, just in case.
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