Reduce the risk of twilight intruders!

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Reduce the risk of twilight intruders!

As the public prepares for the clocks going back this weekend, Cotswold District Council and the local police are advising residents to take precautions to ward off potential burglars during the late afternoon period.

Tony Dix, the Community Safety Officer at CDC, said intruders are attracted to houses which are in complete darkness during the late afternoon:

“At this time of year, many families leave home in the mornings while it is still dark and don't arrive back until early evening. When they vacate their houses at the start of the day and switch off the lights they send out a clear signal that the house is unoccupied – this is a particular problem around about teatime if a house remains in complete darkness while others in the neighbourhood are lit up, and obviously increases the risk of intruders.”

To reduce this risk and combat crime, Tony and the local police have suggested a number of simple and reasonably cheap precautions:

* Use a timer switch to switch on lights, a radio or TV in your home. If you are going out for the evening, leave lights on and make the house look lived in.
* Exterior lighting -fit a low wattage lamp with a 'dusk to dawn' sensor to an outside wall in appropriate places.
* Visible alarms will make intruders think twice. Consider installing an appropriate system for your home and for your car, particularly if it is left parked outside overnight and don't leave items on view.
* Many burglaries are committed through a rear door or window, so 'beef up' security at the rear of your house using additional good quality window and door locks.
* Make it difficult for thieves to enter your back garden by using high fencing or prickly bushes to keep them out. Don't forget to secure any gate which leads to the rear of your property.
* Use strong padlocks on sheds and garages and, if possible, fasten down all ladders and expensive items in the garage and postcode them. You may also be able to connect a house security alarm to the garage.
* If possible, ask a neighbour to keep a watch on your property and report any suspicious activity to the Police
* Whenever possible, mark all your valuables, electrical goods and other keepsakes with your post code and house number/name.

For further advice, please contact Tony Dix on 01285 623000 or talk to your local police.

Posted : 23/10/2012 11:00:38

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