Leave lights on to avoid burglaries says Harold Wood police sergeant
PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 December 2015
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.