Message from Wiltshire police.
As winter approaches and the nights draw in we are urging the public to think about the security of their homes and vehicles.
Statistics tell us that burglary increases during the winter months. Longer, darker nights create the perfect environment for burglars who are seeking to take advantage of empty or insecure homes.
Detective Superintendent Sarah Robbins, Head of Geographical Crime said: “Having someone come into your home and go through your personal possessions can have huge financial and emotional impact on an individual or the whole family.
“Sadly there are people out there who want to take what is not theirs. Some of them live in our community, others travel into the county with the intent to cause harm.
“We are determined to continue to track down and prosecute those responsible for this horrendous crime.
“I urge everyone to look at their homes from a burglar’s eye view, and do everything you can to reduce your risk of becoming a victim.
“We know that most burglars are opportunists, so there are simple steps that can be taken to make your home or vehicle less appealing.
“Be aware of your home security and build it in as part of your everyday routine. Locking a ladder away, or a simple step like leaving a light on to make it look like someone is home could make all difference.”
Between June 2018 and June 2019 Wiltshire saw the number of residential burglaries across the county fall by 27 percent.
Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, said: “I am pleased to see the positive impact that Wiltshire Police are having on burglary figures. The last couple of years have seen changes to the way the Force approaches burglary, we are now seeing the results of a lot of hard work and the focus will continue.
“It is important that the Force remains committed to tackling burglary and prosecuting those responsible, but as individuals and a community we have to work together to raise awareness.
“Although this is done across many streets, towns and villages, community watch schemes such as Horse Watch, Farm Watch and Neighbourhood Watch can also offer a bigger network to share information and advice. Burglary is a devastating crime that could impact anyone so it is important that we look out for each other.”