Officers remind residents in Ellesmere Port to keep houses well-lit to prevent break-ins Date published: 16th December 2016 10.55am

Officers in Ellesmere Port are reminding local residents to keep their houses well-lit to prevent thieves targeting those left in darkness following an increase in break-ins.

From Tuesday, November 29, and Monday, December 12, there have seven burglaries from homes in Neston, Willaston and Hooton with burglars stealing Christmas presents and sentimental items.

During this time of year there can often be an increase in the number of burglaries reported to police and officers have some useful tips which can help prevent residents becoming a victim to thieves.

Detective Sergeant Graeme Carvell, of Ellesmere Port Local Policing Unit, said: “We have noticed offenders targeting houses during the evening when they are left unoccupied and with no lights switched on.

“Residents can help prevent burglars ruining their Christmas by ensuring their homes are well-lit when it is dark outside. By following simple yet secure and effective steps it can play a big part in reducing their chances of falling victim to thieves.

“We have also increased patrols in the area and officers are conducting detailed investigations to identify and arrest those responsible.”

Anyone who may have witnessed the offences, noticed any suspicious behaviour or has any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101.

Home

• The majority of houses which are burgled tend to not have a burglar alarm fitted, invest in one and make sure you use it.
• Make sure that all windows are closed and locked or, at the very least, use the security measures on modern windows, which allow them to let some air in but still be locked.
• All external doors should be secured at all times, even when you are at home.
• Keep desirable items out of view to passers-by - valuables should not be visible from windows and doors in your home.
• The same applies to valuable items stored away in garages or sheds - ensure that garages and sheds are locked with strong padlocks and, ideally, fitted with an alarm.
• Consider buying timer switches to turn on table lamps, standard lamps and radios around the home as it gets dark to make it look as if someone is at home.
• Residents are also being urged to consider installing outside lights - dusk till dawn lights with a low wattage bulb will give a constant light when needed. They switch on as it gets dark and turn off when it gets lighter.