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Be bright and leave on a light

Alert message sent 02/10/2017 07:57:00

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October is here! The nights are drawing in, it’s slowly getting darker each evening, and burglars will use the opportunity of darkness to increase their activity. We tend to see an increase in burglary, particularly when the clocks go back, so this month I’m going to look at the use of ‘light’, in the fight against crime! It wont be long before its dark at tea-time!

Light has been used to ward off unwelcome visitors since the Stone Age, lighting fires to deter predators. Modern day security lighting can deter modern day predators, such as burglars and thieves!

How many and what type of lighting?

Burglars prefer to burgle homes which look unoccupied; they like to work in darkness, concealing their activity and identity, however, just a couple of lights, and a couple of plug in timers can make a huge difference to your safety and security. Your home need not look like The Blackpool Illuminations!

We recommend dusk ‘til dawn lighting, which is the type that stays on through the hours of darkness, switching off before the sun comes up. Dusk ‘til dawn lighting, reduces fear of crime, you instantly know if it has failed, and when you look out of your window at night, you can instantly see that everything in the garden is indeed rosy. Dusk ‘til dawn lighting works best when the area being illuminated is overlooked. This type of lighting should be energy efficient, using low energy lamps or LED’s. 

Lighting inside your home

There are several devices for switching on lights in your home, including timer switches and light sensitive lamps. Timer switches are very useful and fairly cheap. They can be plugged in and used to switch a lamp, and perhaps a radio on in a ground floor room. Some models allow for multiple on/off periods and are ideal for an upstairs room - where a light going on and off over a period of time will give the impression that your home is occupied.

In this modern ‘connected’ age you can also buy products that allow you to switch on lights in your home before you get home from work or from the other side of the world!

Remember! Don’t just set a light on a timer in the hall or landing area. You wouldn’t spend the evenings here - would you?

So, lighten up around your home, because being dim can encourage burglars in!
Gerry McBride
Crime Prevention Officer

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