Hertfordshire police launch autumn campaign to protect homes from burglars
PUBLISHED: 09:37 26 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:37 26 October 2016
Hertfordshire Constabulary is launching an autumn campaign to catch burglars and protect homes as the clocks go back.
As the clock change brings darker afternoons and evenings, police are reminding residents to keep their homes secure and report suspicious behaviour.
This year burglary levels are lower than the same time last year by nine per cent. However, burglary tends to increase during the autumn months as the afternoons get darker, making it easier to identify unoccupied homes as they are often left unlit when people are out during the day.
Police will be focusing on burglary as a priority throughout the autumn and winter, providing residents with advice on home security, property marking and general crime prevention.
Safer Neighbourhood officers will be holding crime prevention events across the county, giving away free burglary prevention packs and offering advice on keeping homes and valuables safe.
Residents can make their homes more secure by following some basic crime prevention advice, such as:
* 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 unoccupied.
* PVCu 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 to break in, so make sure you securely lock away any tools after use.
* Use timer switches on a lamp, radio or tv set so that they turn on as it gets dark in the evenings.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “The current reduction on last year’s burglary figures is very encouraging, however, we cannot afford to be complacent.
“We will be working with our partners to help residents keep their homes secure by providing crime prevention advice and targeting burglars and disrupting their activities.
“Whilst the police can take action to catch criminals, residents need to play their part by making sure their homes are secure, reporting suspicious behaviour and joining a neighbourhood watch scheme.”