POLICE in Gloucestershire are reminding people they can take simple steps to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime this spring.

With criminals being quick to exploit any slackening of security, police are calling on homeowners, businesses and vehicle owners to keep their guard up.

Mark Godsland, Crime Reduction Advisor, is urging all residents to take a few simple precautions to prevent their homes, businesses and cars from being broken into.

"Despite the warm weather, home and business owners should keep doors and windows closed and locked as much as possible - even if there is someone on the premises," he said.

"Any valuable items, or items of great sentimental value, should be property marked to make them easily identifiable in the event of a burglary.

"Business owners should take stock of the security measures they have in place at their premises and consider installing extra physical security measures such as locks, security glazing, intruder and fire alarms, security lighting and CCTV. "

He added that simple crime prevention techniques also applied to preventing thefts from garden sheds and vehicles.

"Shed owners should check the vulnerability of their shed and make it more secure by investing in metal grills for windows, reinforced hinges and strong locks and shed alarms," he added.

For more information on crime reduction, visit gloucestershire.police.uk.