This year the clocks go back on Sunday 29 October 2017 at 2.00 am. We would like to encourage everyone to think about some simple ways of deterring crime.
As darkness will descend earlier in the day, and with lots of people going about their business, we want to help ensure that people don’t advertise that their homes are empty and open to thieves. Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves who will look for properties that appear empty, in the dark and with access to back gardens. They are also looking for properties where windows have been left open and doors unlocked.
Lights on Timers
Timer switches can be used to operate radios and lights. You don’t want to advertise that you are not back from work or that you have gone away for a few days. Leaving a light on costs literally pence in electricity – and that pales into insignificance compared to the hundreds of pounds in insurance excess you might have to pay should your home be broken into. You can now even purchase a TV Simulator to deter burglars and thieves.
A high proportion of all break-ins are also the result of properties being left insecure, so checking all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house is crucial. Other home security essentials are to use your burglar alarm if you have one – it’s amazing how many households don’t bother. Never leave a spare key under the doormat or a flowerpot. Burglars will always look there first so it’s not much of a ‘hiding place’.”
Close It, Lock It, Check It
Many burglaries are crimes of opportunity but Suffolk Police advise that there are a number of steps you can take to improve security and put off burglars.
- Ensure doors and windows are locked – even if you are popping out for a minute.
- Fit deadlocks to outside doors and key operated locks to windows.
- Don’t hide spare keys outside.
- Keep gates and sheds well secured and ensure garden tools and ladders are locked away.
- Homes in darkness can be a target for thieves – leave a light on or better still put your lights on a timer and leave a radio on if you go out during the hours of darkness.
- Do not keep large amounts of money in your home.
- Security mark your valuables with your postcode and register your property for free at www.immobilise.com and improve your chances of getting it back if it’s lost or stolen.
Anyone wishing to find out more about crime prevention advice and home security can contact their local Crime Prevention Officer at Suffolk Police on 101.