Leave a Light on
With the clocks going back this Sunday, many homes will be in darkness before residents get home, making it easy for opportunist criminals to spot empty properties. South Bucks District Council’s Community Safety team and the local Neighbourhood Policing teams are reminding residents to make sure that they lock their doors and leave lights on to deter burglars.
Traditionally, the period from October to December sees a peak in domestic burglaries. In this period last year, there were 155 dwelling burglaries in the District.
This year, officers from South Bucks District Council’s Community Safety team and Local Neighbourhood Teams will be offering crime prevention advice to residents at local supermarkets, train stations and at ‘Have Your Say’ meetings throughout the winter period. Several police operations will be taking place during this period to disrupt criminal activity and hotspot areas for burglary dwelling will be letter dropped with important crime prevention information.
South Bucks District Councillor Shorne Tilbey, Portfolio Holder for Community, says: “It’s a fact that properties left in darkness are more likely to be targeted by burglars as they stand out and look more vulnerable. The darkness also offers burglars protection once they are inside the property. Good lighting can deter a thief. Timer switches can help prevent burglaries and can be bought from most supermarkets and DIY stores.”
Chief Inspector Paul Cook, Commander for South Bucks Local Police Area, says: “When break-ins occur at this time of the year, they tend to take place in the afternoon and early evening. A home in darkness between 4pm and 9pm is a sign to intruders that nobody is at home. My message to you is lock it, light it!”
If you are feeling vulnerable or have been a victim of crime, you can contact the charity Anchor Staying Put by calling 01628 526 367 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thames Valley Police is always interested in information about criminals so, if you see something suspicious or suspect someone of committing burglary or other crime, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0845 8 505 505. If you have information but don't want to speak to police, please call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. South Bucks District Council Community Safety Team can be contacted on 01895 837220 or email email@example.com.
For more information please contact
South Bucks District Council,
Denham, Bucks. UB9 4LH
Tel: 01895 837200