End of British summertime prompts Cambs police warning about rise in burglaries

PUBLISHED: 12:26 27 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:26 27 October 2017

Clocks going back this weekend - but stay safe. Cambs police are warning of burglary increase fears as British summertime ends.

Clocks going back this weekend - but stay safe. Cambs police are warning of burglary increase fears as British summertime ends.

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Police fear that the end of British summertime could see a rise in burglaries.

Across Cambridgeshire police revealed today that in the six months from November last year to April this year (inclusive), 1,238 homes were burgled in the county.

During the previous six months (May-October 2016) 1,051 homes were burgled, meaning offences rose by 17.8 per cent over the autumn/winter months.

Detective Inspector Andy Tolley said: “Burglary is a priority for us and we’re working hard to catch offenders and bring them before the courts.

“However, with the clocks going back this Sunday (October 29) offences can start to increase.

“It is usually an opportunist offence so there are steps people can take to remove the temptation for burglars.”

He said that with more homes empty after sunset, officers are concerned the number of burglaries could rise.

However, an increase in crimes over the darker months could be avoided if homeowners take a few simple steps.

He said that keeping possessions out of sight and making it seem like someone’s at home are two good starting points.”

Other safety advice is available via the Cambs police website.

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