Police warning: be wary of thieves on dark nights
A TREND for burglaries to increase when the nights get darker has prompted police to warn people across Warwickshire to take measures to avoid falling victim to such crime.
Figures released recently show that, in Warwickshire, burglary decreased between April to September this year by 12.3 per cent, with 136 fewer homes burgled during the first six months - 970 recorded incidents compared to 1,106 for the same period in 2011.
The county’s police force has begun a campaign to further reduce burglary and car crime to ensure that criminals don’t take advantage of the darker evenings, now that the clocks have gone back.
Detective Superintendent Graeme Pallister, crime manager for Warwickshire and West Mercia forces, said: “Most burglaries are carried out by opportunistic thieves, but a few simple precautions can significantly lower the risk of your home being burgled.
“A well-lit home gives the impression that someone is in, so householders should invest in timer switches to turn lights on while they are out. Low-energy or dusk to dawn sensor light bulbs are also a good idea.
“I would also recommend that homes have plenty of outside lighting as this will also deter burglars.”
He added: “I would urge everyone to property mark their valuables using ultra violet markers or using a property-marking system such as SmartWater, which contains individual codes so stolen items can be traced back to their rightful owners if they are unfortunate to be the victim of a burglary.”
These devices are available from neighbourhood watch organisers.
On the roads, pedestrians are being urged to wear high visibility clothing and reflective material and to always use pedestrian crossings where possible.
Officers say cyclists should also wear light reflective clothing and ensure their bicycle lights, both front and rear, are in good working order, while drivers are being asked to make sure their vehicle is in a roadworthy condition and basic checks are undertaken to prepare for the coming winter months.
Vicki Bristow, communications manager for the Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia, said: “Nationally road casualty rates increase with the arrival of darker nights and worsening weather conditions.
“These conditions affect all road users but especially children, the elderly, cyclists and motorcyclists. As the darker nights draw in, it is important that all road users re-assess their journey and account for the darker evenings.
“We are advising everyone to check their vehicles and for pedestrians and cyclists to ensure they are visible to other road users.”
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