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Residents reminded to ‘leave a light on’

21 December 2017

Residents in Rushcliffe are being reminded to ‘leave a light on’ to deter burglars after work by volunteers, Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Community Safety team and Nottinghamshire Police.

The authorities’ joint darker nights initiative saw teams visit streets in West Bridgford, Gamston and Edwalton over two evenings and noted houses that had been left in darkness before posting a ‘leave a light on’ security advice notice through letter boxes.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Communities and Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason said: “A burglar is more likely to target a property that has been left in darkness as there is a high likelihood that the property is not occupied.

 “In conjunction with Nottinghamshire Police we want to remind all residents to ‘leave a light on.

 “Where possible use a 24 hour plug in timer on a lamp, or leave a TV or radio on, to make your home always look occupied.”

Rushcliffe Area Inspector Craig Berry, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "A burglary can be devastating at any time of year but around the Christmas period it can be particularly heart-breaking as people often have expensive gifts for their loved ones in their homes.

 "We are now at the time of year when the nights are at their longest, so please keep your doors and windows locked, and leave a light on when you are out to give the impression someone is home.

 “Burglars and thieves will take any chance presented to them so please don't give them a gift of an opportunity at your home."

Rushcliffe residents can collect a free plug in timer from Rushcliffe Community Contact Centre on Rectory Road in West Bridgford to help their effort to keep their properties safe.

The initiative also saw the teams check car doors on the selected streets for any insecurities, finding some vehicles had been left open.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Community Safety team are always looking for more volunteers to help carry out exercises such as this to help make the community safer. Please email communitysafety@rushcliffe.gov.uk to find out more.