Police advice for darker days

Every year burglary tends to increase during the autumn months as the afternoons get darker,
making it easier to identify unoccupied homes, which are often left unlit. Residents can make
their homes more secure by following some basic crime prevention advice such as:
 Use timer switches on a lamp, radio or TV set so that they turn on as it gets dark in the
 Make a habit of checking that ground floor windows and doors are closed and locked when
you leave the house or go to bed. Upstairs windows should be locked when the house is
 PVC doors must be locked by lifting the handle and turning the key to ensure all the
security features are in place.
 Car and house keys should be kept out of sight in a safe place. Don’t leave them on display
on window sills, in porches, hallways or kitchens.
Secure your rear garden by shutting and locking any gates. Burglars can use garden tools, like
ladders to break in, so make sure you securely lock away any tools after use.