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Halton residents warned to step up security as the dark nights draw in
HALTON residents are being warned to be more vigilant to deter burglars as the darker nights draw in.
The Safer Halton Partnership is advising people to buy timer switches which will automatically turn on lamps and radios around your home.
They also suggest installing outside lights.
Fit strong padlocks and ideally an alarm to garages and sheds, which are often left full of valuable tools.
Chain valuables such as bikes and garden equipment together and fix the chain to a solid object.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, particularly around vulnerable people and premises, call Cheshire Police on 101.
Additional simple precautions will help to prevent you from becoming a target.
Check gates and fences, an open or unlocked gate or even a broken fence can be seen as a temptation to a potential thief.
Burglaries have been known to take place when the homeowners are in. Make sure that you always keep the windows and doors fully locked, particularly in an unoccupied room, and especially when out in the garden or upstairs.
Another simple way of burglary prevention is to keep desirable items out of view and out of reach to passers-by on the street. Valuables should not be visible from windows and doors in your home. Televisions and laptops are always a target by burglars.
The majority of burglaries can be prevented by simply doing the above which won’t cost anything other than time and thought.
Consider putting gravel on areas by your windows. The noise produced when stepping on gravel could alert the homeowners that someone is approaching the property.
Never leave the windows and doors unlocked when you are out. Switch on the lights before you go out at night as this makes the burglars think that the homeowners are in, once again time switches can be fitted to operate radios and lights.
Don’t leave car keys on view for offenders to see via your letter box, they can be easily fished out and then your car stolen.
Consider starting a Home Watch scheme in your area. Contact Mark Antrobus @Halton Safer Partnerships, telephone 01515116721 or e-mail Mark.Antrobus@cheshire.pnn.police.uk for information or you can set up your own scheme on www.ourwatch.org.uk
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