‘Switch on to deter thieves’

PCSO Brian Mardell with a poster to warn people about burglaries as the dark nights approach

PCSO Brian Mardell with a poster to warn people about burglaries as the dark nights approach

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POLICE are urging homeowners to switch on a light and deter burglars.

As nights lengthen officers from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team have pledged to do all they can to keep burglars away but they can’t do it without support.

“I need people to be vigilant and a good neighbour,” said Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the team. “If you see anything that you are not happy about, any unknown people walking around your streets or up and down drives then please don’t hesitate to ring.”

Police often see an increase in the number of burglaries around this time of year which is why they have launched ‘Turn a light on - Turn a burglar off’ campaign.

The campaign identifies how leaving a light on inside the house, choosing well used rooms such as the lounge or bedroom could prevent a burglar from striking. “Timer switches are also an excellent way of triggering one of more lights,” said Insp Nawaz.

“Use lighting outside the house at both the front and the back. Fit low energy dusk to dawn lights. They are cheap to install and run.

“I would also urge you to do a security check around your homes. Check locks on doors and windows, check your gates and hedges and ask yourself if you would be able to gain access without being noticed. If you can, so can a burglar.

“Burglars do not want to be seen, darkness allows criminals to feel comfortable and any improvements in home lighting will make them feel exposed.”

He said Brighouse is one of the safest areas but it also has some of the most beautiful areas which do attract a lot of travelling criminals from its surrounding towns. “People really need to take action now,” he said.