As the evenings start to draw in, we are reminding people to ensure their homes look occupied during the darker nights.
The force traditionally sees a seasonal rise in burglaries around the time the clocks go back, with offences often rising through December and January.
The winter months can make it easier for burglars to go unnoticed and also makes unoccupied homes easier to spot. We are encouraging residents to review their home security and take a few simple and inexpensive precautions to protect their homes.
One of the easiest things you can do is to leave a light on when you go out, you can use an automatic light timer to switch lamps on in your home when you go out for the evening or when you go away to give the appearance you are home.
There are lots of other things you can do to make your home more secure including:
Keep doors and windows locked at all times and remove keys from the lockKeep valuables, bags, cash and keys out of sight and keep them in a safe placeDon’t keep large quantities of cash and jewellery in your homeAvoid leaving packaging from expensive items outside your house – take it to be recycled or put it in the binIf you have a house alarm make sure you remember to set it before leaving the houseCheck your outdoor security lighting is in full working orderPrevent easy access to the back and sides of your home with locked gates and fencingIf you’re going away, don’t advertise this on social mediaAsk a neighbour or relative to collect post and open and close curtains while you’re away
If you have any questions or concerns please reply to this Alert.