We are urging our residents to take extra home safety precautions during the darker winters months ahead of the clocks going back on Sunday (31 October).
We work hard around the clock to catch criminals and burglaries overall are continuing to decrease, however there is typically an increase in reported break-ins during autumn and winter.
Last year, figures did not increase over the winter, which is likely to be due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions, but with fewer restrictions in place this year, the force is urging people not to get complacent with their home security.
We recorded 600 burglaries across Cambridgeshire between October last year (2020) and March this year, a 44 percent drop compared to the same period in 2019-2020 (1,071). A total of 83 of these were in Huntingdonshire, compared to 176 the previous year.
While the figure dropped a further 21 percent between April and September this year, from 642 down to 510 overall, (and from 121 to 66 in Huntingdonshire), we are warning the public to increase precautions as the nights start to draw in.
Detective Sergeant Justin Parr, from the force’s Acquisitive Crime Team, said: “While it’s reassuring to see the number of dwelling burglaries falling, we do usually see an increase in incidents at this time of year.
“Most burglaries are a result of a thief spotting an opportunity and although we continue to target burglars and bring offenders to justice, often a lack of security, empty homes and the cover of darkness is all the invitation a thief looks for.
“Simple things like installing good interior and exterior lighting, used together with timer switches or motion sensors, keeping valuables hidden and entry points secure are all ways to put off a burglar.”
Other advice includes:
- Closing your blinds or curtains at night to prevent people from looking into your home
- Not leaving spare keys hidden outside – a burglar may look for these first
- Not leaving car keys near the front door or anywhere easy to find
- Installing a driveway alarm
- Installing a visible burglar alarm
DS Parr added: “Tackling burglary is a priority for the force and while my team works tirelessly day-in-day-out, it’s just as much about prevention than anything else.
“When someone breaks into your home, it can often leave you feeling unsafe in the place you should feel safest.
“I’m urging the public not to rest on their laurels and to check their home security: it could save you a lot of time, stress and money.”
For more burglary prevention advice visit our website here.