VIDEO: Police crackdown on winter burglaries

Householders are being urged to ‘light up and lock up’ as part of a police crackdown on winter burglaries.

West Yorkshire Police launched its burglary campaign this week to reminded residents to keep their homes safe as the nights draw in.

Ch Insp Mark McManus

Ch Insp Mark McManus

In a video released by the force this week, Ch Insp Mark McManus said burglary rates often spike at this time of year as opportunist thieves look for houses left in darkness.

He said: “We want you to take action now to reduce your chances of being a victim of burglary and take every possible step to make your home as secure as possible.

“I don’t want anyone coming home and finding their home broken into. So please remember to light up, lock up and be secure – it only takes a minute.”

Last year, burglary rates fell by 25 per cent – with 4,500 less victims of crime – but officers are determined to slash figures further.

Advice includes leaving a light on or setting timer switches so lamps and televisions or radios come on, locking doors and windows even when you’re in the home, keeping gadgets, door and car keys away from windows where they might be spotted, and downloading free tracking software for gadgets such as phones and laptops.

For more information on keeping burglars at bay, see the force’s burglary prevention pages at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/burglary, follow the force on Twitter @WestYorksPolice or search for #wypburglary hashtag.