The clocks went back on October 29th, which not only signals that winter is on its way, but also means increased opportunities and rich pickings for thieves as the evenings get darker.
Police are warning householders to step up their general home security to prevent them becoming a victim of crime this winter.
Burglaries tend to rise at this time every year and the police think the peak comes, as the evenings get darker and it’s easier for burglars to see where homes are empty.
People go to work in the morning between 7am and 9pm and don’t return home until 6pm or 7pm in the evening, so their house may have been in darkness for two or three hours, causing it to stand out and become a target for intruders.
Police advise people to consider a number of simple measures in order to prevent break-ins, for example:
- Use an energy-efficient light bulb in a lamp combined with a lamp timer, in a position near the front door or window. This gives the impression that someone is at home, when the light is switched on and off.
- Protect your home – Having the right doors, windows and locks can make your home safer.
- Mark your property – A few simple actions can help you get your property back after a crime.
For further advice call your local crime prevention officer, or log on to the homeoffice website (below).