The police have asked me to pass on the following message to people: “The Darker Nights Campaign is once again here and we are asking all residents to make their houses look occupied at all times.  When you return from work will it be dark ? As you approach your house does it look dark.  Maybe you could think about leaving a light on in the house or use a timer switch.

If you can stop access to the side or rear of your house do it.  Lock gates, use bolts, padlocks, bike chains.  Stop them getting where they feel safest.”