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Lighten Up, Mark It Up!

House burglary remain relatively low in West Mercia - less than one per cent of all homes across the force area are burgled each year and we are working hard to reduce that number even further. However, during the autumn and winter months when it is dark outside, unlit houses can be a target for thieves. That's why West Mercia Police has established its 'Lighten Up!' campaign to promote the simple precautions that you can take to significantly reduce the chance of your home being burgled.

Don't Be In The Dark About Home Security

Many home break-ins are committed by opportunistic thieves, but you can deny them the chance by:

  • Keeping your home well lit when you are not in. Investing in timer switches to turn lights on when you are out is a simple way to do this.
  • Save energy and money with low energy or dusk-to-dawn sensor lights. Low-energy bulbs cost less than 2p per day to run (if left on four hours).
  • Invest in external security lighting to keep the outside as well lit as the inside.
  • Property mark your valuables and then make the details viewable to the police by registering them on Immobilise -  You can register property such as mobile phones, MP3 players, bicycles, cameras and laptops, it's free of charge and it will improve your chances of getting it back if it is lost or stolen.
  • Lock windows and doors and keep gates well secured.


In support of the Lighten Up, Mark It Up! campaign, local policing teams across the force are distributing home security advice packs to properties and householders that might be particularly vulnerable, as well as using posters to reinforce the messages.

You can find more advice on how to improve home security in our Safe & Secure Homes and Gardens section .


You can also download a copy of the Lighten Up! campaign leaflet below:


Lighten Up is part of Citadel, our force-wide initiative to bring down burglary.  Find out more about Citadel here.

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