Timely warning from West Mercia Police as clocks go back

October 27 2018
Timely warning from West Mercia Police as clocks go back

With the clocks going back in the early hours of tomorrow (Sunday, October 28), people are being warned not to let burglars take advantage of the longer, darker nights.

West Mercia Police Chief Superintendent Kevin Purcell said: "As the nights draw in we often see an increase in people's homes being burgled, as well as valuables stolen from cars, as thieves take advantage of the cover of darkness.

"Our officers do regular patrols but I would also advise people, especially at this time of year, to think about their home and vehicle safety.

"Simple things can be done in the home such as setting lamps and radios to come on to a timer, use or install an alarm system, as well as installing outside security lighting.

“As for car safety - don't leave valuables on your seats and if you can park your car somewhere that is well lit rather than a secluded street, these can all help prevent being a target of crime."

The force says its We Don’t Buy Crime initiative has helped reduce crime. People who want to find out more about the initiative can speak to their local safer neighbourhood policing team.