Opinion: Dark nights spark burglaries and anti-social behaviour

This time of year is one of the busiest for Humberside Police.

This time of year is one of the busiest for Humberside Police.

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Bridlington, as everywhere across the country, has had Hallowe’en celebrations and now the usual bonfires.

For most people this is a time of fun and entertainment but many elderly residents find this a difficult time and Humberside Police also find this one of the busiest times of the year.

Det Inspector Rob Cocker.

Det Inspector Rob Cocker.

Cases of anti-social behaviour increase and calls to the police command centre are extremely high so please consider if it is the police you really need and just how important is it?

In an emergency always call 999.

Humberside Police will be working alongside the East Riding Council to help tackle cases of anti-social behaviour but would ask all parents to keep their children safe and out of trouble on Bonfire Night.

Local officers have been working with schools across the area to encourae youngsters to get involved in local community events and not to be involved in anti-social behaviour.

This is also the time of year when we see an increase in tea-time burglaries as the darker nights are upon us after the clocks went back in October.

Prevention of crime is always better than burglary and we would remind residents to:

Leave a light on a timer switch so that your house is not left in darkness during the evening.

Keep your doors and windows closed, lock your door even when you are in the

Never leave your keys in your key hole.

Do not leave valuables or cars keys on display.

Look at your property through the burglar’s eyes:

Are there places where they could break in unseen?

Have you fitted strong locks on your doors and windows?

Can YOU get into your home without a key? If you can then SO CAN SOMEONE ELSE!