Burglars are “targeting entire streets” as people party over the bank holiday weekend

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Thieves are expected to take advantage of drunken festivities on the streets (Image: Getty Images)

Criminal gangs are expected to target entire streets during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, a security expert warns.

Carlos Dhunay expects burglaries to rise by 20% and says his team is bracing for an influx of calls from homeowners.

With more than 16,000 street parties expected to take place over the weekend, this could provide ample opportunities for thieves.

When people party with their neighbors, many are likely to leave their doors unlocked, allowing criminals a chance to slip in while everyone is distracted.

Mr Dhunay said the shocking number came amid a 14 per cent rise in crime over the last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The security expert, who runs Telcam Home and Commercial Security System Specialists, said: “The anniversary is a high profile event.

“In my opinion and experience, criminals will strike when they know there is a way for people to leave their homes.

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Brits have been advised not to leave their houses unlocked, even when partying on their own street (Image: Getty Images)

“Street parties take place in front of houses out on the street – but most burglaries are committed in backyards.

“And if they know there are a few gardens that aren’t monitored, they might even build two or three houses on a street.”

The security engineering expert also said there will “definitely” be streets on the lookout for unlocked houses.

Mr Dhunay stressed that during the celebrations it was easy to lose track of who was a neighbor and who was a stranger – especially when alcohol was involved.

Other factors like outdoor grilling could leave homeowners distracted and not checking who’s in and out of their home.

“The more relaxed, the more vulnerable,” he added.

Mr Dhunay said homeowners should take extra care to secure their homes over the anniversary weekend.

He advised them to keep valuables out of sight, as thugs might use mingling at street fairs as an opportunity to store houses for future hits.

Mr Dhunay added that while he hopes people can “celebrate and enjoy themselves” during the four-day break, “when we go to the aftermath of burglaries, we find that customers often don’t feel the need to leave their homes to secure until it is too late’.

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Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 2022

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