PEOPLE in South Derbyshire are being urged to be wary this November after statistics showed that it was the month that homes are most likely to be burgled.
Derbyshire Police moved to urge members of the public to be ‘on their guard’ as darker nights and the run up to the Christmas looks set to bring out a larger than normal amount of criminals.
A slight rise in incidents have started to be recorded and officers are now looking to prevent any further break-ins.
New nationwide statistics showed that a burglary takes place every two minutes in November
A spokesman for the force said: “People should make sure that someone is at home by using timer switches, during their curtains to stop people seeing inside and do not leave any valuables on display.
“Make sure to store high value items in a secure, discreet place and lock windows and doors even when you are at home.
“Trim back overgrown hedges or tree as they are perfect for burglars to hide behind.
“Make sure your security lights are working if you have them - they may put burglars off if they light up as they approach.
“Burglars are likely to be able to tell the difference between a fake burglar alarm and a real one; if you’re going to buy one it should be real.”
This advice comes at a time when research has shown that a third of burglaries in South Derbyshire have come as a result of people leaving windows and doors open at home.
Swadlincote-based Inspector Nigel Lidsey told the Mail: “The fact that a third of burglaries are a result of homes and cars being left unlocked speaks for itself.
“We can all get a bit complacent and forgetful, but a few extra steps can make sure that homes are as secure as possible.”
Police revealed that the most recent burglary took place in Woodlands Road, Overseal, between Saturday and Tuesday last week.
The offender used a tool to force open a rear door and stole items including a laptop and tinned food.
Anyone who needs to report a burglary is urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.