Dark Nights Advice

Alert message sent 12/02/2021 09:09:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

As the nights get darker earlier, the fear of crime can increase. Here are a few things you can do to feel safer:

Leave a light on in more than one room, such as the lounge and bedroom.
Remember to choose low-energy lamps. 
Use a timer switch to operate the lights as it starts to get dark.
Change the times that the lights comes on to create the illusion that someone is moving around inside the home.  
Consider the use of ‘smart’ technology to have different lights coming on in your house at different times.
Make sure your front door is well lit and fully visible from the street. Also think about security lighting at the rear and side of your property. 
Keep shrubbery and hedges at the front pruned to below 1 metre to remove cover for a burglar to work unseen and allow visibility by neighbours.
Consider having a good quality CCTV system installed.
Keep your curtains closed at night - if you are away, ask a neighbour to close them for you. Check existing lighting is in good working order and replace any faulty equipment.
Remember to check batteries in torches and smoke alarms.
Lock all windows and doors even when you are at home.
Put the alarm on even when you go out and at night
Don’t leave valuables items or car keys on view near your front door.
Photograph your property and register it free of charge at www.immobilise.com

For more information please contact us using one of the following non-emergency methods: Facebook: send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter: direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website: visit us at www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us and complete the online contact form
Phone: call us on 101
Message sent by
Carly Mattison (Police, PCSO, Derbyshire Dales)

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