Police warn public to take action in bid to stop burglaries as dark nights loom (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Police warn public to take action in bid to stop burglaries as dark nights loom
4:19pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
CUMBRIA Police are advising homeowners to take preventative action in a bid to stop burglaries at homes across the county as darker nights draw in.
Statistically October and November are the two months in the year where Police receive more reports of burglaries than any other month in the year. The darker nights could be one a contributing factor and police want to make homeowners aware of what they can do to stop thieves.
In 2012, the average for the months October and November was 68 residential burglaries, compared to the average for the rest of the year of 51. This equates to a 31 per cent increase during these months.
Therefore this year, Police are reminding homeowners how they can protect their homes.
Terry Belshaw, Community Safety Officer, said: “The darkness can provide cover for thieves and can help them to identify if a property is empty. We would ask homeowners to consider security lighting to illuminate anyone moving about your property.
“Make your home look occupied, even in those murky winter afternoons, when there would be a light on if the housed was occupied. You can use time switches on lights or play a radio or TV. Flashing image boxes which simulate TVs are available at low cost.
“Don’t let a potential criminals see inside your home, keep curtains closed or restrict the view, don’t leave keys and valuable items like mobiles and laptops where they can be seen from outside.
“Always keep your doors locked and if you cannot remember locking up, then check. Don’t leave an open invitation for a thief to walk into your home”
Chief Superintendent Steve Johnson, responsible for Territorial Policing, said: “We have done a lot of work in recent months across Cumbria to highlight the importance of people securing their property and checking their doors and windows are locked.
“As the dark nights creep in, we encourage homeowners to be vigilant and take 10 minutes to check the crime prevention tips that are available online at www.cumbria.police.uk.
“Extra patrols will be out across Cumbria to help deter thieves. Specific operations will be taking place and crime prevention advice is always available. By working together we can reduce the number burglaries across our communities.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said: “None of us like the thought of dark nights. It is important we all do as much as possible to ensure our own safety and take a few minutes to read the important crime prevention information provided by the police.”
For more information about securing your home this winter, visit www.cumbria.police.uk.
You can also check out a video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY1cNM3IhR4&feature=youtube, which provides a helpful reminder to lock you and be secure.
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