Be aware of criminals

Police leaders are calling for residents to take greater responsibility over their property this summer to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

Figures revealed this week to Nottinghamshire Police Authority show levels of serious crime such as burglary are falling in the county.

But members say the improvement would be even more dramatic if more people followed simple security measures which would reduce the risk of them being targeted.

Figures for April to May 2011 show burglary levels in the county have more than halved compared to last year, while vehicle crime has fallen by 15 per cent and robbery plummeted by 24.4 per cent.