Most burglaries happen when it’s dark.

That means it is more important than ever during the darker months to take care over your home security.

Police are reminding people of some of the simple precautions they can take to protect their property.

Detective Superintendent Ian Hussey oversees Operation Themis, which is Cumbria Police’s response to and focus on burglaries.

He said: “Being burgled, especially in your home, can be extremely traumatic.

“Cumbria is a safe place to live,  and we have a much lower number of these types of invasive crimes than in many other parts of the country.

“But we have always taken this type of offence extremely seriously. We are pleased with the great work done in recent years to ensure offenders are brought to justice.

“We are not complacent, and we are doing all we can to make sure that people feel safe in their homes.”

Burglaries at homes across Cumbria are often spontaneous crimes carried out by opportunist thieves trying door handles or reaching in through open windows.

Det Supt Hussey added: “Simple steps such as locking doors, not leaving out-of-sight windows open and not leaving valuable possessions in view of potential thieves can be effective in preventing incidents.

“We appreciate energy costs are high, but please consider keeping a visible light or lamp on if you are out.

“We would also encourage you to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity you witness.

“By reporting information, this not only helps inform us of potential criminal behaviour but it can lead to robust action being taken and offenders being brought to justice.”

Some simple measures to stop burglars

  • Ensure your house is secure, preventing someone entering when you are busy elsewhere in the house or garden.
  • Lock doors and windows before you go out. Remove keys from locks and keep out of reach of windows and doors.
  • Consider installing security cameras.
  • Leave a light on in a room and draw curtains if you go out at night.
  • Consider fitting a burglar alarm, checking regularly to ensure they work.

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You can find more crime-prevention advice here: Protecting your home from crime | Crime prevention | Cumbria Police