Essex Police are warning residents not to leave their home in the dark. With the nights drawing in, the tell-tale signs of empty houses become more apparent. This is a bonus for burglars who prefer to target empty homes unseen and avoid confrontation.
As the days get shorter if you work away from home, or even pop out to get the children from school, by the time you return home it may already be dark. A house in darkness says no one is in especially if your neighbour’s houses either side have lights on and show other signs of being occupied. If you back onto open farmland or have parking areas or footpaths to side or rear this may be even more apparent.
Create the “Illusion of Occupancy”, when its dark make your home look like you are in. Leave lights on or put them on timers or daylight sensors to come when it gets dark. Remember though no one lives in the hall or on the landing so if you leave these lights on supplement these with lights on in rooms that you would normally occupy at that time of day i.e. lounge and kitchen.
A carefully placed imitation TV or “Fake TV” can further add to that illusion of occupancy by making it look like the television is on. Some burglars may also listen at windows or letterboxes for signs of activity, so consider leaving a radio on within your home.
Don’t forget the outside of your property too, if burglars see that it is lit they are less likely to approach for fear of being seen.
Leave lights on, with energy efficient bulbs it costs very little nowadays and yet may save you lots!
The Parish Council have had updates from both Essex Highways & Essex Police that might be of interest:
Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, introduced the second edition of “Highways Highlights” which gives updates on: Continue reading
The people of Essex are being urged to have their say in the potential change in the way Essex Police and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service is governed. To have your say respond to the consultation that ends on Wednesday 10th May.
The Policing and Crime Act 2017 enables police and crime commissioners to become the fire and rescue authority where a strong local case is made. The Government has also created a statutory duty to collaborate.
Police and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst said: Continue reading
If you are a carer in need of some support, or maybe you know somebody who is and does, then Supporting Carers in Essex offers “A single source of help and advice for all unpaid carers”. This organisation is a partnership of registered charities working together offering a single point of contact by phone or email. The group offers the following range of support Continue reading
Essex Highways’ ‘Capital Maintenance Programme’ reaches Winstred Hundred this week with 3 roads in the parish to be benefitting from Surface Dressing accompanied by road closures. This process involves repairing main defects in the road surface and then laying a new surface of loose chippings on bitumen. Continue reading
We have been given advance notice of the overnight closure of part of Colchester Road in Peldon on 3 nights (9pm – 5am) some time between 13th June and 13th December (we will hopefully get more specific dates nearer the time). The picture shows the approximate extent of the closure and the diversionary route that will be put in place, there will, undoubtedly, be an increase in overnight traffic flow through Peldon during these closures. Continue reading
We have recently had notice that Essex Highways are about to start their 2016/17 programme for surface dressing of roads.
Works will be starting on Saturday 9 April 2016 and usually the programme runs right through to September, weather permitting. It involves spraying the existing road surface Continue reading
A couple of news items recently received might be of interest to local clubs:
Tell us about a volunteer, business or charitable organisation Continue reading
A recent Scrutiny report has highlighted how the threat of flooding Continue reading
The following are a selection of activities, mostly for kids and young people, over the upcoming Easter holidays, enjoy! Continue reading