Keeping your home safe as the clocks go back

Date published: 26 October 2018 07:30
Dated: 26 October 2018 08:29:19

As the clocks go back this weekend, we are urging residents across South Yorkshire to take basic home security measures to prevent any rise in burglaries over the coming weeks.

As the darker evenings approach, we would like to encourage people to keep windows and doors locked and to leave lights on when they are out, perhaps by using timers.

Dene Tinker, Crime Reduction Officer, said: “Sadly we find that people only think about their home security after they have been burgled.

"We want people to review their home security before they fall victim to crime.

"There are lots of simple and inexpensive things you can do such as using a light timer so that lights come on in your home when you are not there.

"A home in darkness could be an invitation to a burglar. They can tell there is no one home and it gives them the green light to break in - using timer switches with energy saving light bulbs gives the impression someone is at home.

"If you see any suspicious behaviour we would urge you to contact us immediately on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Don't leave it a few days; ring us as soon as possible because that gives us the greatest chance of making an arrest or preventing a crime taking place."

For further information about burglary prevention click here.

If you don’t want to be bothered by trick or treaters this Halloween download our ‘No Trick or Treaters Here’ poster and display it in your front window or door. Click here to download.

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