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Councillor: Burglaries do not only happen at night

People need to be on their guard against burglars 24 hours a day.
Councillor: Burglaries do not only happen at night

Britons have been advised to avoid falling in the trap of thinking that their homes are only at risk of being burgled during the night.

Hertfordshire county councillor Dave Hewitt thinks it is the right time to correct some of the myths that currently surround the issue of burglary - one of which is that properties are safe during the daytime but vulnerable when darkness falls.

This simply is not the case, as thieves are known to strike 24 hours a day, so it is important to take as much care with a home first thing in the morning or in the middle of the afternoon as it is when going to bed at the end of the day.

Councillor Hewitt told the Hertfordshire Mercury that burglaries are actually more common in the daytime. What's more, recent police reports show that there has been a rise in the number of burglaries taking place in Cheshunt, giving people there reason to be more cautious.

Another fabrication is that turning the lights off leads to more burglaries occurring - something the local politician explained is nonsense. Whether the lights of a home are on are off should not determine whether it will be robbed.

"The real problem is that most burglaries are being done during the day when people are out at work or on the school run," councillor Hewitt stated.

"I am fully sympathetic with anyone that's been a victim of burglaries and had their home violated.

It's a horrible feeling but generally there's no evidence to support the fact that lights prevented burglaries or switching them off has encouraged burglaries."

That does not mean people should switch off at night from their home security responsibilities, as taking adequate steps to protect a home is worth it at all times.

It is also important to remember that even leaving the house for a few minutes in the middle of the day should be taken seriously from a security perspective, so locking doors and windows and setting the alarm is a must.

A home alarm system can work wonders when it comes to firstly putting thieves off the idea of targeting a particular property, and secondly by alerting others to the presence of burglars should they go ahead with a break-in.

Figures shown to residents at the Cheshunt Area Forum last week showed there were 16 more burglaries between April 2013 and March 3rd this year than there were in the previous 12-month period. This was an increase of 4.9 per cent in total.

Chief Inspector for Broxbourne Geoff Camp said the "vast majority" of burglaries actually tend to take place in the day or in the early part of the evening, and it is in fact much less common for thieves to strike overnight.

Indeed, only ten per cent of incidents in the last three months have occurred, underlining the fact homeowners are actually generally safe while they sleep.

Anyone with information on burglaries or any suspicious activity is asked to call the police, while those fearing they may be vulnerable would be wise to invest in a home alarm system.

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