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Norfolk Police are issuing advice as hot weather is expected to peak across the county.

It's as the Met Office predicts temperatures could reach 33C in south Norfolk over the next few days.

Whilst many people like to enjoy the sun and hot weather, officers are reminding people that they should make sure they do it safely, such as avoiding drinking excess alcohol and being careful near open water. Although, a river or lake may be tempting as a means of cooling off, police are issuing a clear message to stay out of the water.

Heatwave reaches Norfolk (14175641)
Heatwave reaches Norfolk (14175641)

Chief Inspector Craig Miller, Community Safety Officer said: "It is difficult to judge how deep the water is and there can also be obstructions underneath the surface where people could become trapped.

"We urge people not to go into rivers, lakes and open water and ask parents to make sure their youngsters know about the dangers and go to the local swimming pool, where they can have fun and be safe."

Officers are also reminding the public to think about home security as opportunist thieves will be on the look-out for personal property left within easy reach of open windows and unlocked doors.

South Norfolk Weather Forecast (14104115)
South Norfolk Weather Forecast (14104115)

Common mistakes are leaving handbags and car keys close to unlocked front or back doors, or leaving jewellery and electronic items on display near an open window.

To deter walk-in thieves, householders are advised to:

• Keep doors and windows shut and locked where possible, especially if the room/home is unoccupied.

• Lock your doors if you are spending time outside and out of view of your home.

• When answering your door, make sure other external doors are locked first.

• Keep valuables and personal property out of sight, remove from window sills, worktops and tables.

Also vulnerable at this time of year are cars left for long periods of time at coastal car parks and beauty spots. Motorists are advised to remove all valuables from display and from the vehicle where possible.

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