Don’t leave gifts on show for bur­glars’ pry­ing eyes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

PO­LICE are urg­ing house­hold­ers to in­vest in a timer switch to help de­ter bur­glars.

Ash­ford Com­mu­nity Safety Unit (CSU) says this time of year sees an in­crease in op­por­tunist bur­glary, with of­fend­ers of­ten tar­get­ing homes that are in dark­ness and empty.

To help de­ter in­trud­ers the CSU says many peo­ple use timer switches to give the il­lu­sion that peo­ple are in but some for­get to close cur­tain and blinds so the con­tents of homes are on show.

Richard Lester, crime re­duc­tion of­fi­cer, said: “I can­not stress the dif­fer­ence a sim­ple timer switch can make to the se­cu­rity of a home.

“But it is im­por­tant to make sure that once the lights come on, the pri­vacy of your home is main­tained. Do not leave valu­ables, in­clud­ing Christ­mas gifts, on show and make sure that cur­tains and blinds are closed to pry­ing eyes.”

Timer switches are avail­able from hard­ware and DIY stores.

For more in­for­ma­tion about home se­cu­rity con­tact Ash­ford CSU on 01233 660747.

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