Cheshire police are urging people to take steps to ensure, as lighter nights creep in when the clocks go forward this weekend, that thieves don’t.
At this time of year crime increases so officers want people to check security measures as they change their clocks, and be extra vigilant to ensure thieves don’t take advantage.
Superintendent Peter Crowcroft, who heads up the Constabulary’s Local Policing Units, said: “As the lighter nights begin thieves will be on the look-out for any lapses in security, so it is important that people do all they can to protect both their home and possessions.
“I would urge everyone to ensure that windows and doors are closed and locked and that personal items such as bikes and other equipment are stored away out of sight. The same applies to garages or sheds - ensure that they are locked with strong padlocks and, ideally, fitted with an alarm.
“By taking a couple of minutes to follow these simple steps it will greatly help householders in reducing their chances of becoming a victim.”
Securing your home
- If you are replacing or fitting new doors and windows, get ones that are certified to British Standard BS7950 (windows) or PAS 24-1 (doors)
- Fit mortise locks (Kitemarked BS3621) to all front and back doors and locks to all downstairs windows or windows which are easy to reach
- Keep your house and car keys safe and away from doors and windows
- Fit a burglar alarm, but make sure it is installed properly and works
- Keep your garage and garden shed locked with proper security locks, and keep any tools secure and out of sight
- Trim back any plants or hedges that a burglar could hide behind
- Make sure you have up-to-date home insurance.
Anyone with any information about this type of crime is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101. Information can also be passed on anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.