Specialist burglary officers warn of the darker nights ahead
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Police officers within Northamptonshire Police’s Burglary Team are warning the public about an increase in break-ins as the darker nights draw in.
Historically, burglaries increase during the winter months because thieves are able to use the cover of darkness to hide and go unnoticed more easily.
At the moment in Northamptonshire, the Force is seeing an increase in the number of burglaries across the county between 6pm and 10.30pm with a common method being entry via back doors or windows.
Burglary Team Inspector – Alan Rooney said: “As the darker nights draw in and particularly after the clocks go back on Sunday, October 29, we really want the public to be alive to any suspicious activity in their local area.
“This could be anything - from unfamiliar people being seen frequently on CCTV or doorbell footage, to vehicles driving up and down roads repeatedly and in a suspicious manner.
“We’d also like to take the opportunity to remind people of the crime prevention measures they can put in place to make sure their home is as safe as possible.
“In an ideal world we would not have to issue crime prevention advice and I want to be clear that the only person to blame when a burglary happens is the offender.
“However by taking a look at our crime prevention tips below, you will give yourself a better chance of not becoming a victim.”