Always remember to leave a light on during darker winter nights to help deter burglars from targeting your property.
That’s the message from Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire Police and community volunteers who launched the darker nights campaign this week, raising awareness on property safety during the darker months.
If a house is left in darkness, it appears unoccupied and is therefore more likely to be targeted by burglars.
Postcards are now being delivered to homes in Rushcliffe which are found to be dark at night and appear to be vacant, in a bid to highlight the issue to residents.
Councillors, police officers and community volunteers gathered at the Rushcliffe Community Contact Centre in West Bridgford to support the initiative for this year.
Deputy leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Debbie Mason, said: “Many of us leave our homes before sunrise and return in darkness during winter, which is why it’s so important to ensure your home does not look inviting for criminals.
“The Darker Nights initiative is reminding residents to protect their house from potential criminal activity by simply leaving a light on.”
There is currently a limited supply of free 24 hour timers available at the Community Contact Centre, which enables residents to switch lights on at specific times of the day or night.
To claim a free timer while stocks last, simply visit the Contact Centre to complete a Neighbourhood Alert Registration Form.