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Is your property a target in the dark?
Darker nights are upon us as the clocks go back this weekend (Sunday 28 October). This provides a timely reminder for members of the public to take some simple steps to prevent any unwanted visitors into their homes or vehicles.
A large proportion of break-ins are simply down to a burglar or thief gaining entry to a house or a vehicle that has been left unlocked.
Householders and vehicle owners are encouraged to ensure their homes and vehicles are kept fully secure at all times.
Community Safety Chief Inspector Fay Tennet said: “We tend to see an increase in burglaries around this time of year.
“With the nights closing in, properties that are in darkness offer a temptation to opportunist criminals, and valuables left on view on car seats provide an ideal opportunity for a quick smash and grab.
“If you have a timer system attached to lighting in your property, please make sure you make the necessary adjustments before the clocks change.
“Doors and windows should be secured at all times, irrespective of whether or not there is anyone in the property.”
Officers continue to work as part of Operation Guardian through the winter months to focus on tackling burglary and vehicle crime.
As part of High Impact Days, advice is being delivered to members of the public to take a fresh look at their home security. Here are some useful crime prevention tips to help you protect your home and property:
- Keep front and back doors lock at all times – even when you’re at home
- If you are out in the evening make sure you leave a light on and draw the curtains. If it’s dark before you get home, use timer switches to turn on the lights
- Light up your front door with dusk to dawn lighting – make sure it's visible from the street
- Keep keys and valuables out of sight, and reach, from cat flaps, letterboxes, and downstairs doors and windows
- Keep Christmas presents out of sight of passers-by
- When recycling, fold up any cardboard boxes that might advertise your Christmas gifts to thieves
- Always lock your car and close windows, even if you are only leaving it for a few moments
- Remove all items from your vehicle when parked. Don’t forget your sat nav, cradle and suction pads and wipe away any marks
- Park your car in your garage if you have one and look out for Park Mark* car parks when out and about
For more crime prevention information, visit www.northants.police.uk/crimeprevention or call 101 and ask to speak to your local crime prevention officer.
*To find out more about Park Mark, visit www.parkmark.co.uk.