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Norfolk Constabulary: Home security check as clocks go back

23 October 2015

Police are urging people not to make their house an easy target for burglars this winter as the clocks go back this weekend.

As darkness descends ever earlier in the evening, Norfolk Constabulary are urging people to take precautions to keep themselves, their family and their homes safe.

Chief Inspector Dave Buckley, Community Safety, said: “Leaving your house in complete darkness is a clear sign to burglars that it may be empty, and with the sun setting before most people get home from work during the winter, it s important you take steps to deter thieves.

“If no-one is going to be in when darkness falls, consider leaving a light on, especially if you re going away for a few days, or invest in a timer so that your lights come on automatically at certain times to give the impression that someone is in.

A high numbers of burglaries occur when a house isn t secured properly, so police are keen to highlight basic safety measures.

“Simple steps such as ensuring all the windows and doors are locked when you go out, as well as keeping valuables out of sight and away from letterboxes or anywhere else that is easily accessible – are key to helping to prevent burglaries.

It s also important to put in place measures such as burglar alarms and security lighting, added Chief Inspector Buckley.

If you notice any suspicious activity or believe a crime is in progress you are urged to call the police immediately on 999.

If you feel that you have information about crimes being committed you should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more advice on what you can do to protect your home this winter, visit: http://www.norfolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/homesecurity.aspx1

The clocks go back one hour this weekend at 2am on Sunday 25 October.


References

  1. ^ http://www.norfolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/homesecurity.aspx (www.norfolk.police.uk)

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