With winter upon us, the Market Weighton and Pocklington Neighbourhood Police teams are offering suggestions to stay safe and secure.
Don’t let a burglar think that no one is at home. Always leave a light on in more than one room, eg a bedroom, kitchen or lounge and consider leaving a radio on too.
Use timer switches so that the lights come on as it starts to get dark especially if you are at work or going to be out all day.
Change the times on the switches so that the lights come on at different times to create the illusion that someone is moving around inside the house.
Consider installing outside sensor lights that are activated by movement, especially at the back of your property or dusk to dawn lighting that comes on automatically as it gets dark.
Ensure all doors and windows are locked and that no keys are left in doors or window locks.
Secure your garden with a fence and a lockable gate and don’t leave tools or ladders in the garden which may assist a burglar.
Keep cars safe and secure
Make sure you check your lights before you set out in case a bulb has blown. (You might even consider carrying a spare light bulb or two)
Make sure your window washer is full of water and screen wash and that there is anti-freeze in your radiator.
Check the tyres. Have they got a decent amount of tread on them and are they at the correct pressure? If in doubt, get them checked.
Are your registration plates and car lights clean or do they need a wash?
Think about what you might need if you break down in the cold. Is there a blanket or a torch in the car?
Consider having a mobile phone with you too.
Do not leave any valuables in your car eg a satnav or dash cam (remember to remove the cradle and any lasting sucker marks on the windscreen).
Never leave your keys in the ignition: a prime example is when paying for petrol or warming your car on an icy morning.
People can find out more via the teams’ Facebook and Twitter pages:
Facebook – Humberside Police – East Riding of Yorkshire West
Twitter - Humberside Police – East Riding of Yorkshire West – @Humberbeat_ERYW