SOLIHULL has been named one of the top ten places at risk of burglary, according to a home security company.
ADT said it looked at rates of residential burglary per 1,000 households for the year ending December 2022 to determine which UK regions are the most at risk of burglary.
Solihull came in ninth place with 14 burglaries per 1,000 in this data.
The company added there were 191,094 residential burglaries in England and Wales last year, up 1.8 per cent from 2021, which is equal to almost 524 burglaries every day.
The data revealed the three most stolen items in home burglaries are purses/wallets/money/cards, jewellery and watches and computers and computing equipment.
ADT said: “With summer fast approaching and many of us spending more time away from our homes in favour of days out and holidays, we wanted to find out which items you should avoid leaving on display while you’re out.
“You should be cautious of leaving the following items in easily accessible locations.
“You might want to consider securing these belongings in a home safe or other protected spot to avoid enticing criminals.”
West Midlands Police has the following tips for homeowners to keep their properties safe:
* Front doors should have a viewer and door chain where possible and letter boxes should be positioned so that people cannot reach through and release the lock.
* UPVC doors or doors with Euro Cylinders should have DHF TS007 3 Star or Sold Secure Diamond Standard Anti-Bump replacement cylinders fitted.
* Patio doors should have an “anti-lift” device which will prevent the sliding door being levered off its runners.
* All ground floor windows and those which open onto accessible areas such as balconies or roofs should be fitted with window locks, unless designated as a means of escape.
* Put away all tools and equipment. Ensure sheds are locked when not in use using solid and secure locks.
For more advise on how to keep homes safe visit West Midlands Police’s website.