As the clocks go back this Sunday (October 29) and the nights draw in, officers are reminding people to ‘Lock up and light up’ this winter.
The ‘Darker Nights’ campaign aims to prevent an increase in burglaries over the winter months by reminding residents to lock their homes and encouraging them to leave a light on to make it look like someone is home.
The winter nights can make it easier for burglars to hide and make empty and unlit houses easier to spot. The force traditionally sees a seasonal rise in burglaries after the clocks go back in October, with offences rising through December and January and falling back to normal levels by around March.
An operation is in place to target and arrest those who are committing the offences and extra patrols are in place in key areas – both high visibility and plain clothed.
You can buy light timers cheaply at most DIY stores.
Other burglary crime prevention advice;
– keep doors and windows locked at all times
– always lock doors behind you and remove the key from the lock
– keep valuables, bags, cash and keys out of sight and keep them in a safe place
– do not keep large quantities of cash or jewellery in your home
– don’t open the door unless you know who it is – use a door spy hole or door chain
– don’t leave packaging from expensive items outside your house – take it to be recycled or put them in the bin
– install a visible alarm system and security lighting to act as a deterrent
– prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home with locked gates or fencing
– if you’re going away, don’t advertise it on social media
– ask a neighbour or relative to collect post and open and close curtains while you are away
– register your belongings with www.immobilise.com