The evenings are already starting to draw in and the clocks go back on Sunday, 25 October, meaning many of us will return home from work or school in the dark.
Darker evenings can give burglars an opportunity to easily see which homes are unoccupied. Here are a few things you might like to consider to lessen the chance of your home being targeted:
Invest in a socket timer switch to allow a lamp to come on automatically whilst you are out, these timer switches can also be used for TV or Radio.
Keep valuables off the window sills and out of sight.
Lock doors and windows. Remember some UPVC doors require you to double lock them by lifting the door handle before turning the key.
Ensure side gates are kept locked to prevent opportunist burglars from simply walking in to your rear garden.
Don’t leave garden tools out, lock them away in a shed or garage, to prevent a thief using them to force your door or window.
Look out for your neighbours too and if you see anything suspicious call the police on 101.