Burglars could strike as residents adjust to the clocks going back this weekend, police warned today.
The force has launched its Darker Nights campaign to urge householders to check lighting and security as the days get shorter.
Traditionally, there is a rise in burglaries in the winter period, especially in the run up to Christmas when people are buying festive gifts and burglars are aware that there are more valuables in the home.
Around one in three burglaries happen at properties where windows and doors haven’t been secured properly.
Superintendent Damian Darcy, who is leading the campaign, said: “We know the negative impact burglary can have, not only to the victims but to the wider community.
“With the dark nights upon us, now is an ideal time to double check security and lighting and make sure that your home is adequately protected.”
“It is disappointing to know that many of the burglaries reported could have been avoided through simple crime prevention measures.”