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Autumn crime prevention

The number of burglaries often increase duing the autumn and winter, because homes are left unlit when the afternoons grow darker. Burglars will always target empty homes so make sure your home has a lived in look.  

  • Use timer switches on a lamp, radio or tv set so that they turn on as it gets dark in the afternoons.
  • 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, like ladders to break in, so make sure you securely lock away any tools after use. 

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