Burglars target Northamptonshire homes under cover of darkness

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Eight burglaries in the county overnight have prompted police to warn again over home security.

With the clocks going back by an hour on Sunday, police are highlighting crimes committed under cover of darkness as burglaries tend to increase at this time of year.

Overnight, Monday to Tuesday, there were burglaries in Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden, as well as five others across the county.

Police said in one break-in televisions were taken from a house in Harvey Road, Wellingborough.

Officers are issuing the following crime prevention advice to householders – make sure your property looks lived in and keep valuables away from public view.

Seven ‘light bulb moments’ to consider are as follows:

As nights get darker earlier, burglary tends to increase – leave lights on inside your house

Leave a light on in more than one room, upstairs and downstairs – remember to choose low-energy lamps

Use a timer switch to operate the lights as it starts to get dark – change the times that the lights come on, to create the illusion that someone is moving around inside the house

Make sure your door is well lit and fully visible from the street – dusk to dawn lamp adaptors are available from DIY stores

Keep shrubbery and hedges at the front of the house pruned to below one metre – remove any cover for a burglar to work unseen and give your neighbours every chance to spot something suspicious

Keep curtains closed at night – if you are away, ask a neighbour to close them for you

Check existing lighting is in good working order and replace any faulty equipment – remember to check batteries in torches and smoke alarms

If you are concerned about suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, ring police on 101 – in an emergency always ring 999.