Take care as the dark nights approach

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POLICE in Fenland are reminding residents to take security precautions as the clocks go back and the evenings draw in.

A few simple steps can help keep homes and the possessions they contain more secure. Crime prevention officer Julie Hanrahan said: “With the clocks going back this weekend, burglary is a crime which tends to increase.

“Burglary is mostly an opportunist offence so people can remove temptation by keeping possessions out of sight and making their home look like someone’s in.

“Security alarms and lights can be a worthwhile investment to deter offenders and could save you a lot of time and inconvenience in the long run.”

Police are offering the following advice:

*Invest in a security light and alarm to deter burglars. Burglar alarms are shown to be the number one deterrent.

*Use a timer switch for lights when you are not in, so your home looks occupied.

*Make sure you lock your front and back doors and secure all windows, including upstairs, before leaving.

*Beware of bogus callers. If somebody knocks at your door, be wary. Most utility companies do not cold call. Ask to see photo ID and call the company for confirmation. Genuine callers do not mind calling back another time or for you to make an arranged appointment with the company.

This advice is part of the force’s Get Closer campaign which aims to reduce victims of crime.

For more information about security contact your local community safety team on 101 or visit the force website at www.cambs.police.uk