Column: Crime risks of hot weather by Inspector Nick Daines

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At this time of year, I am reminded of a verse in the song A Policeman’s Lot is Not an Happy One.

It goes something like this.

‘When the enterprising burglar’s not a-burgling, when the cut-throat isn’t occupied in crime, he loves to hear the little brook a-gurling, and listen to the merry village chime.’

It is true that there are some times when burglars aren’t out burgling. But only some times.

However, they know when to pick their times and holiday season is one of them.

So, a plea this month is to think ahead about your home security if you are off on your hols.

Don’t plaster your plans all over social media.

Get a trusted friend or relative to come in and remove piles of mail and adjust the position of your curtains.

Use timer switches on your lights. For other helpful tips, go to our website at

That aside, the weather has indeed been glorious of late and I hope you have been making hay while the sun shines.

Personally, I hope to be able to take the edge off the gardening chores by listening to The Ashes on the radio.

About the biggest risk is me falling off the ladder when we take a wicket!

But as welcome as the weather is, it brings with it some other risks and temptations.

I am sure that over the next few weeks, many of us will take a trip into the countryside to a picturesque pub with an inviting beer garden.

What can be better than watching the world go by with some friends and a cool drink? However, that trip out can end spectacularly badly if you drink and drive.

Get caught, then it’s a ban, most likely a fine as well and possibly prison.

Or worse, your reactions are slow and there’s a collision.

Tempting as it might be to have ‘just the one’, designate a driver, and stay safe. If you designate someone different each time, it’s no great hardship.

And finally, in his most recent column, my fire service colleague Gary Platts emphasised the dangers of swimming in unknown waters.

Canals and lakes can be inviting on a hot day, but can be lethal. If you want a dip, go up to Victoria Baths. Or buy a paddling pool.

Until next time, enjoy the weather, put on some sun cream and stay safe.

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