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Leave lights on to avoid burglaries says Harold Wood police sergeant

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 December 2015

Havering police's Sgt Charlie Routley. Picture: Sgt Charlie Routley

Havering police's Sgt Charlie Routley. Picture: Sgt Charlie Routley

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A Harold Wood police sergeant has issued a safety warning to residents for the festive season as the nights get longer.

Sgt Charlie Routley, of Harold Wood Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT), in particular warned of a rise in seasonal burglaries.

Writing on the Harold Wood Hill Park Residents’ Association website, Sgt Routley said: “The main message I would like to get across this month is the importance of leaving a light on when you go out.

“Now the clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and we see a seasonal rise in the number of burglaries reported between 4pm and 8pm.

“Houses which are left in darkness are an easy target for opportunist burglars who see it as a sign the property is empty.”

Sgt Routley added the best method for deterring burglars is a timer switch, which can be bought from most supermarkets for as little as £5.

Harold Wood SNT offer a free home security check for residents, and give impartial advice on any improvements that can be made.

If you would like officers to have a look at your house, call 0208 721 2509.

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