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Nice weather sees rise in 'opportunistic' thefts in Aylesbury Vale

Thames Valley Police

5:43am 16th May 2018

As we head into the summer, Aylesbury's police commander says their priorities are changing.

Tim Metcalfe told us they see a spike in anti-social behaviour when the weather is nice.

They also see a spike in thefts:

"So more opportunist thefts from cars that may be locked, but actually people have left the windows open.

"We're seeing mobile phones and things stolen out of vehicles.

"Similarly with houses, clearly when the weather is good, you don't want to shut all your doors and close all the windows, but there are people walking around looking for the opportunity to sneak into the house and steal things."

Superintendent Tim Metcalfe
Superintendent Tim Metcalfe

Tim told us it's a difficult balance this time of year:

"You don't want to make yourself so secure, because your house or car is boiling hot.

"I think it's about being aware and perhaps closing the windows on your car and using the air con when you first get back in is preferable to having it broken into."

The Superintendent told us when it comes to anti-social behaviour, they're continuing to monitor situations and deal with them in the right way.

He said that the main focus has been in Buckingham - you can read about what's being done here.

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