The run up to Halloween, bonfire and fireworks season leads to a jump in burglaries – with more happening in Surrey at this time of the year than any other.
Police tackle the problem by working with Neighbourhood Watch groups as well as neighbouring forces to encourage residents to make their homes secure and to report suspicious behaviour.
There were 74 burglaries committed in Surrey on Halloween between 2009 and 2013 – an average of 14.8 crimes on that day each year, with an equal amount occurring on the Saturday nearest bonfire night, when bonfire evenings take place.
Superintendent Jerry Westerman said: “The statistics show that Halloween and the days around bonfire night are popular with burglars as residents go out to events in the evenings.
“We’re determined to change that pattern this year by showing residents how they can make their homes more secure and less inviting to intruders.
“We can all do our bit to make sure that the only bangs on Bonfire Night are coming from fireworks displays – not thieves stealing our valuables.”
Throughout the year officers share information with Neighbourhood Watch coordinators and members to keep them up to date with crime in the community.
Extra advice is currently being passed to residents by Neighbourhood Watch group to try to prevent them becoming a victim of burglary, such as making sure windows and doors are locked, putting lights on a timer and not leaving valuables on display.
For more information about our current regional burglary campaign, and for up to date crime prevention advice visit http://www.surrey.police.uk/
If you have any information about burglaries you can report online via http://www.surrey.police.uk/, or call 101.
If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999 immediately.
Residents can also being encouraged to register their items on the world’s largest property database so that if they are stolen, they can be reunited with the owners – and so the offenders can be prosecuted.
You can register your property in just a few minutes by visiting http://www.immobilise.com/.