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Homeowners Urged To Review Security
Police in the Cotswolds and Stroud Division are warning householders to take stock of their home security now the clocks have gone back.
The change back to Greenwich Mean Time will mean that many working people will not get home until after dark.
This provides house thieves with an easy opportunity to identify which homes are still empty because they are left in darkness.
APS Mark Godsland, Crime Prevention Officer for the Cotswolds, said: "The change in the hour as winter approaches always coincides with a rise in the number of house and shed burglaries being reported.
"Yet just a few simple precautions can drastically reduce a householders chances of becoming a victim. Burglars are always on the lookout for an easy target.
"If a house appears to occupied then they are more than likely to move on until they find one in darkness.
"It is very easy to purchase time switches from hardware shops and they are not expensive. These can be used on various pieces of electrical equipment as well as lights.
"It is often a good idea to set a radio or television to come on as this increases the appearance of a house being occupied."
He added that many crime prevention measures were just simple common sense.
"Householders should take this chance before winter starts to step back and review their home security," he said.
"They should look at fitting extra locks on their windows and doors and at external lighting.
"It is also wise to make sure that all garden tools and furniture are put away, and that sheds and garages are secure. Thieves will often use tools taken from insecure outbuildings to try and break into a house.
"If possible all tools and equipment should be kept in a security chest or cage in the shed to provide added protection. If you have a garage it also worthwhile putting your car away at night.
"The extra night hours mean criminals have more time to work under cover of darkness and any steps householders can take to deter them should be done."
Anyone who would like more information on Crime Prevention in the Cotswolds and Stroud Division can call APS Mark Godsland, at Cirencester, or PC Cindy Pickersgill, at Stroud, by ringing 0845 090 1234.
: 31/10/2006 14:57:52
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