Lighten Up Or Risk A Burglary
Police in West Mercia are warning householders to Lighten Up this autumn now the clocks have gone back.
British Summer Time ended this weekend and the number of burglaries usually rises at this time of year. There are some simple steps which can be taken to prevent crime occurring. With the dark nights drawing in residents across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire are urged to leave a light on to make it look like someone is at home.
Doors and windows should be kept closed and locked, as well as gates to the rear of properties secured.
Last autumn following the end of British Summer Time burglary dwelling rates went up by 44% in the four week period from 23 October (compared with the four weeks prior).
Between 25 September 2011 and 22 September 2011 there were 233 burglaries. Between 23 October 2011 and 19 November 2011 this has risen to 336 burglaries.
The force's Citadel initiative aims to tackle crime, catch burglars and prevent offences.
Detective Superintendent Graeme Pallister, the Crime Manager for West Mercia Police, said: "Most burglaries are carried out by opportunistic thieves, but a few simple precautions can significantly lower the risk of your home being burgled.
"A well-lit home gives the impression that someone is in, so householders should invest in timer switches to turn lights on while they are out.
"Low-energy or dusk to dawn sensor light bulbs are also a good idea
"I would also recommend that homes have plenty of outside lighting as this will also deter burglars.
"Finally, I would urge everyone to property mark their valuables and make the details viewable to the police by registering them on Immobilise - http://www.immobilise.com/.
"It's free to register your belongings and should the worst happen, it will improve the chances of getting them back if they are lost or stolen."
Further home security advice is available on the force website www.westmercia.police.uk
You can also download a copy of the Lighten Up leaflet from the force website
Issued: Monday 29 October 2012