As clocks go back and darker nights arrive, burglars have more opportunity, say police

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Police are warning residents across the county to be on their guard when the clocks go back this weekend providing easy pickings for burglars.

Traditionally the number of break-ins go up by as much as half when it gets dark earlier so this year the force is working especially hard to prevent crime going up.

Head of Community Safety for the force, Chief Inspector Neill Waring said: “Simple crime prevention advice really can make all the difference. Thieves are essentially lazy and if they have to make a lot of noise, spend a lot of time, or risk being seen, they are unlikely to bother. Taking a few precautions now and buying a few simple security devices to make your home secure is a small price to pay for peace of

mind.”

Make sure YOU do the following things to make YOUR home secure and help Bedfordshire Police reduce the number of burglaries this winter.

• Leave lights or the radio on so it looks and sounds like someone is at home.

• Lock all windows - thieves can wriggle through any gap larger than a human head.

• Fit locks to the top and bottom of patio doors.

• Visible burglar alarms make burglars think twice.

• Never leave garages or sheds unlocked.

• Check for weak spots and sagging fences on your boundary.

• Stop a thief getting into the back of the house where he can work unseen by

fitting a strong, high gate across a side passage.

• Be alert to strangers loitering in the street. If you don’t recognise them or they are acting suspiciously, call the police.

• Don’t hide keys under the mat or in a flowerpot - it is the first place a burglar will look.

Download a comprehensive guide to protecting your home and property from the Bedfordshire Police website bit.ly/1pFTcB3 or visit www.bedfordshire.police.uk .

Vulnerable and older people can get a free security check and home improvements

from the Bobby Van team, qualified carpenters and security experts who provide

those over 65 or vulnerable people with a FREE security check to improve their

security and prevent them becoming victims in the first place. If you are over 65 or considered vulnerable, or a carer for someone in this situation, go to bit.ly/1ruSZHu to ask for a visit.