Timely reminder not to fall back on home security (26 Oct 2017)

Burglary %20Alarm %20A4%20Poster %20-%20AW%2017As the clocks turn back this week, West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner are making a timely reminder not to fall back on home security.

The Force has launched its latest autumn and winter burglary campaign asking residents to think whether they've 'forgotten something' as they encourage the public to take simple steps such as locking the door, leaving a light on and setting the alarm, to protect their home.

During November last year there were an average of 57 burglaries a day reported across West Yorkshire.

Force Crime Prevention Officer, Chris Joyce, said: "In the month following the clocks going back last year, nearly 60 people a day experienced the shock and upset of having their home broken in to in West Yorkshire.

"Each burglary is one too many and reducing the number of offences is one of the Force's key priorities. The onset of darker nights is traditionally a time when burglaries rise, and we are highlighting the simple things residents can do to help us protect their home.

"It can take just seconds for burglars to get into your house and steal your belongings but you can make it more difficult for them by removing opportunities they may look for.

"Crime prevention doesn't need to cost huge sums of money - simply locking your doors, shutting your windows and not leaving valuables on display can make a great difference. Leave a light on or use a timer, leave a radio on and if you have an alarm use it. These easy steps will all significantly reduce your chances of being a victim of burglary."

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "We don't want a single person across West Yorkshire to have the horrible experience of being a victim of burglary. That's why we are running this campaign which highlights the very simple measures you can take to drastically reduce your chances of being targeted by callous thieves."

District crime prevention officers are there to support members of the public in helping you to do your bit to prevent crime and can be contacted via 101. Helpful crime prevention tips and more information about the campaign can be found on the West Yorkshire Police website at: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/burglary

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