As the clocks go back an hour this weekend and the days get shorter, Suffolk police is urging the public to increase their vigilance around home and vehicle security.
To prevent the seasonal increase in burglaries and theft from motor vehicles, the force is encouraging householders and motorists to follow some simple crime prevention advice to keep their property safe.
Residents should avoid leaving their homes unlit in the evenings for example, as a house in darkness is more likely to attract the attentions of burglars. Vehicles should also ideally be parked in a well-lit and secure place. Police advise you to do the following four simple things: shut your windows, lock your doors and check your outbuildings and in terms of vehicles ensure no valuables are left on display.
DI Stu Dolan said: “If no one is going to be home when darkness falls, consider leaving a light on or invest in a timer so that your lights or radio come on automatically at certain times to give the impression that someone is in.”
Further to this, Suffolk police is reminding the public to take care in what they share on social media. Virtual indicators can be just as dangerous as physical ones. Refrain from advertising you are away on holiday, or ‘checking in’ to places. Absent occupants should limit knowledge of their house being empty.
You could also consider installing smart technology such as a doorbell camera or similar safety measures.
DCI Dolan said: “We recognise the huge potential for technology such as video doorbells and other remote monitored security cameras to help catch criminals and prevent crime. Such smart technology products proactively help to deter and detect burglars, keeping our communities safe from crime and creating an environment which is hostile to burglars and other criminals.”
Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, said: “At this time of year when the days get shorter and the evenings draw in we should all be a little more aware of our personal safety at home and on the road too.
“As the clocks go back this weekend, I’d like to encourage everyone to take a few extra minutes to consider what they can do to make their home more secure and do some basic checks to ensure their vehicle is roadworthy. Leaving lights on at home and checking tyres, lights and windscreen wipers will make a real difference to keeping you safe and your property secure this winter.”
If you notice any suspicious activity or believe a crime to be in progress you are urged to call the police immediately on 999. If you feel that you have information about crimes being committed you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more advice on what you can do to protect your home this winter, visit: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z
The clocks go back one hour this weekend at 2am on Sunday 29th October.
Written by: John