POLICE are warning people to take simple steps to secure their homes against burglars as the dark nights draw in.
With the clocks going back an hour at 2am on Sunday – signalling the end of British Summer Time – Suffolk Police are urging householders to be on their guard against opportunistic criminals.
Sgt Kevin Horton of Sudbury Police said that by carrying out basic measures – such as keeping keys away from the door and locking up before leaving the house – many burglaries and thefts could be prevented.
“It will start going dark an hour earlier at the weekend and that can lead to an increase in opportunist crime,” he said.
“People need to remember not to leave their homes insecure and make them an easy target.”
Sgt Horton added that using timer-switches to make homes appear occupied when empty, keeping valuables out of sight and installing a burglar alarm were all useful in deterring would-be burglars.
Verity Lines, Suffolk Police’s crime reduction officer for the Babergh district, said this advice was particularly relevant as there have been 20 house burglaries – all due to unlocked doors or windows – in the area since May.
“By leaving your home unlocked – during the day or night – and not checking your car is locked, you make life easy for criminals,” she said.
“There seems to be a sense, particularly in rural areas of the county but often in our towns too, that there is no need to lock vehicles or homes.
“The misery and distress caused by burglars cannot be under-estimated.”
For more advice on protecting your home, contact your local crime reduction officer at Suffolk Police by calling 101.