Burglars are on the prowl for valuables and cash

During the autumn and winter, burglars are on the prowl for valuables and cash. They know that households are getting ready for seasonal celebrations and may have gifts lying around the house or on display.

An empty home is an attractive target for thieves. If you’re going to be out all day or are going on holiday, set timers for one or more lights to come on when it gets dark. If you leave your home in complete darkness with curtains not drawn and no car in the driveway, it’s an obvious sign to an opportunist burglar that no-one is in.

Keep your valuables out of sight and lock doors and windows. If you have a UPVC door, make sure you have double-locked it.

Burglars are less likely to target a house with an alarm, so it’s advisable to have one fitted.