As winter approaches and the evenings get darker, Police Scotland are encouraging local residents to ensure that their lights are bright and their homes always look occupied, following the launch of their “Lights Out – You’re Out” campaign.
The campaign will see officers on patrol identifying homes which, due to their lack of light, appear to be unoccupied. An After Dark card will be delivered to these homes, containing common sense security advice for the residents. If your property is left in the dark, it can be tempting to criminals.
PC Kev Marron, Crime Reduction officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray Division, said
Our message is that householders should make sure their homes look occupied at all times, as a deterrent to any potential criminals looking to break in. They should use timer switches on lights, while using blinds and curtains to make sure there is no direct line of sight into your homes. In short, the light can be seen from outside, but no one can see into your home.
PC Jim Watson, Aberdeen City Division’s Crime Reduction Officer, added
With the clocks changing, remember that internal light timers need to be changed to account for nights being darker earlier. We’d also advise that the outside of your home is also well lit while you are out. It is essential that you remember to lock all doors and windows, garages, sheds, outbuildings and vehicles. You should also take care not to leave valuable items in your vehicles. Each year, more people are getting alarms installed and using timers on radios in their homes, which are both excellent deterrents against criminal activity.
Safer Communities Inspector Colin Taylor said
Lights Out – You’re Out, and similar initiatives, have been running across Scotland for a number of years as a proactive approach to deterring criminals and reducing the chances of our local residents being the victim of crime. As with each year, the message remains the same – make your home look occupied, while keeping your property and vehicles locked.
If you see anything suspicious in your neighbourhood, please call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.