As daylight hours are shortnening, Northamptonshire Police are urging people not to be dim when it comes to security.
The clocks don’t go back until October, but officers want home and car owners to be properly prepared in the fight against crime during the autumn and winter months.
A regional campaign about darker nights crime will highlight crime prevention messages designed to guard against burglary, robbery and car crime.
They offer seven ‘light bulb’ moments:
O As nights get darker earlier, burglary tends to increase – leave lights on inside your house
O Leave a light on in more than one room, upstairs and downstairs – remember to choose low-energy lamps
O 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
O Make sure your door is well lit and fully visible from the street – dusk to dawn lamp adaptors are available from DIY stores
O 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
O Keep curtains closed at night – if you are away, ask a neighbour to close them for you
O 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.