Beat the burglar as nights close in
Police across South East Essex are urging residents to help them
beat the burglar.
Photo: A police officer patrols at dusk
Last year the area saw a spate of burglaries in the run up to
Christmas, which continued into early 2010.
This year, local officers are keen to prevent a recurrence of such
a spate by encouraging local residents to play their part in
beating the burglar.
Sergeant Tracey Butt, who supervises the neighbourhood policing
team in Eastwood, explained: “Most burglars will avoid
confrontation and are looking for an easy target. The last thing
they want is to be caught in the act and if they see a potential
target house but think the occupant may be at home, the chances are
they will think twice.
It really is
worth planning your home security every time you go
“Therefore, when residents are away from home and leave a house
in complete darkness, they are advertising their absence to
would-be burglars. There is an easy answer to this – leave a light
“Leaving a light on or a radio playing when you’re out for the
evening is a great deterrent. If you’re away for a longer period of
time, use timer switches to save energy.
"Also call upon a trusted neighbour or friend to keep an eye on
your property and push through any post that may get left hanging
out of the letterbox.”
Officers will be patrolling their local neighbourhoods throughout
the darker months and, if they see a vulnerable property, they will
drop a leaflet through the door advising the resident how to better
secure their home.
Local residents are also asked to keep an eye out for their
neighbours and pass on this helpful advice.
Sgt Butt added: “It really is worth planning your home security
every time you go out, to ensure your house doesn’t attract
unwanted attention from burglars.”