Now the darker nights are here, Safer Wyre Forest are encouraging residents to take a few simple steps to keep their homes safe and secure as part of the ‘Lighten up’ campaign, which reminds people that their home is less likely to be burgled if it appears occupied.

​You can significantly reduce the chance of being burgled by taking a few simple precautions, especially at this time of year when we observe a peak in house burglaries. Most house break-ins are opportunistic, so don’t give thieves an opportunity.

  • Set a timer switch to turn lights on when it gets dark - unlit houses are  a give away that no one is at home
  • Save energy and money with low-energy light bulbs
  • Lock doors, patiosand downstairs windows - even when you are in.  Make sure you double check them again before you go to bed
  • If you have a burglar alarm, make sure you set it when ou go out and also when you go to bed
  • Look your garden gates and side entrances.  Don't leave tools lying around in the garden which could be used to break into your home
  • Don’t leave car keys, ID cards or valuables near windows, doors or letterboxes, where burglars can reach through to steal them
  • Invest in external lighting

​People are also urged to property mark valuables and make the details viewable to the police by registering them on Immobilise: www.immobilise.com. Belongings can be registered for free and it improves the chance of getting them back if they are lost or stolen.