A helpful email arrives from Islington police:
“Islington Police are cracking down on burglars this summer, this has resulted in the arrest of eleven suspected burglars. Of these, one has already pleaded guilty at court, while the others are awaiting trial. This will make a significant difference to the number of burglaries in Islington.
“Most burglaries happen in summer when thieves simply enter homes through open doors and windows. Reducing burglary is one of the main priorities that Islington Police is tackling.
“Crime Prevention Advice
It is important to take sensible steps to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary.
Remember that an open window may allow more than a cool breeze to enter your home.
If you must leave a window open consider installing an internal collapsible locking grille.
Before you go to bed check that all accessible windows upstairs and downstairs are securely closed and locked. This includes small fanlight windows.
Make sure that even when you are sitting watching TV your back door is properly closed and locked. If you have a UPVC front door check that all locks are in place by lifting the handle. Once you have done so, lock the locks into place by turning the key.
Know where your keys are at all times in case you need to leave in an emergency, but don’t leave them in view of a door.”
I suspect the disappointing weather is also putting a damper on local thieves…