Security and Dark Nights
Cheshire Police are urging residents to think about security in the home as the light nights come to an end was the clocks have gone back.
The dark nights mean there is more opportunity for criminals to commit crimes without being noticed.
How to secure your property
There are many ways to ensure that your property isn't an easy target for any criminals. Some of the things to think about might include:
Ensuring that your home is secure when leaving
Lock external doors in rooms which you are not using when you are home
Fitting external security lights around your home, garage or any sheds etc.
Leaving lights on when you go out
Putting lights on a timer if you will be returning home after dark
Don't leave your car running and unattended
Chief Superintendent Sarah Boycott said "If you know that your property is going to be empty after it has gone dark it's a good idea to fit a timer so that the lights come on before you arrive home. This will help to give the impression that your property is occupied and be less of a target for anyone looking for an opportunity to commit a crime.
"It's also a good idea to vary the time that the lights come on, just spending a few seconds adjusting the timer every couple of days will help to strengthen the impression that there is someone at home and that the property is well used."
"This time of year is also a good time to think about fitting outside lights around your property if you don't already have them. If you have external lights, ensure that they are working and in the best place for coming on if anyone approaches any windows or doors. A potential burglar is bound to think twice if he realises he is going to get lit up like a Christmas tree when he gets within ten feet of your home!"
Andy Smith from Cheshire Police Major Investigation Team said "As we head deeper into the winter months and the mornings become a bit frosty there can be a temptation to leave the car running to defrost the windscreens. Unfortunately this is an open invitation to car thieves. The chances might be small that someone is in your street looking to steal a car but why take the chance of being the unlucky one?
"There is also the risk that if you have left your keys in the ignition and the car unattended your insurer may deem that you have not taken reasonable precautions to secure your car and refuse to pay out to get it replaced."
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