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Darker nights

Alert message sent 28/10/2019 15:54:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police


As the nights draw in and winter approaches, the Paddock/Delves neighbourhood team are sending out this message to residents in our communities. Burglars love it when the clocks go back so we are encouraging residents to make their homes as hard a target as possible to hit.

Burglars are looking forward to the cover of darkness winter brings, as this darkness helps them to commit their crimes. Darkness really is a burglar’s best friend and every year, we see a spike in the number of burglaries committed during the winter months.

Most burglars look for a soft target – homes without lights on that look unoccupied or homes which look insecure and easy to break into.

By leaving a light on while you’re out, especially using a timer, you really will reduce your chances of being burgled.

Similarly, we’d advise people to always keep their windows and doors locked and to not leave valuable items in view of anyone who may be looking for easy-pickings. Please don’t leave keys within easy reach either.

We also recognise the huge benefits technology now has in terms of home security with things such as alarms, Ring doorbells and other remote monitored security cameras really helping us out in terms of investigating and preventing burglary type offences. We are asking everyone to look at there home security to make sure that there are no easy pickings for burglars in our communities.

If you notice any suspicious please call the police on 101 or WMP Online. For more advice on what you can do to protect your home this winter, please visit west midlands police website.

Kind regards
PCSO Tim Littlehales
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Tim Littlehales (Police, PCSO, Walsall NPU, Paddock Ward/NPT)

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