Keeping burglars at bay this winter

POLICE and community chiefs have launched a campaign to help keep burglars at bay during dark winter nights.

With the clocks set to go back tonight, Durham Constabulary and their partner agencies, including Durham County Council and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, have launched the Winter Nights campaign.

The initiative is aimed at reducing the risk of burglaries and theft from vehicles and urges householders and landlords to ask themselves: “Are you switched on?”

Chief Superintendent Ivan Wood said: “Crime is continuing to fall across the force area, and there have been 1,000 fewer victims of crime this year compared to last.

“However, we aren’t complacent and would encourage everyone to keep their property safe and secure so that the county remains one of the safest places in the country to live and work.”

Police are advising people to look at a number of ways of reducing opportunities for burglars.

These include using timer switches on lights, ensuring all doors and windows are locked before leaving home, closing curtains when heading out for the evening, asking a neighbour to open and close curtains if you are away on a winter break, using house alarms and urging motorists not to leave valuables on display for criminals.