LOCAL police are urging residents to follow some simple steps to safeguard their homes this winter as burglaries are on the increase.
In a notice emailed out to residents, the Saddleworth and Lees police team said: “Burglaries in the area appear to be on the increase again. This is possibly due to the darker nights.
“You can help us by making your home look occupied in the darker evenings by leaving a light on.
“If you have an alarm then make sure you set it and make sure your doors and windows are locked. Also keep car keys and other valuables hidden from view.
“Criminals now knock on the doors of darkened houses to see if anybody is home and if you do answer they will ask for a fictitious person. If you see any suspicious behaviour then please report it.”
Burglaries reported since 28 November in Saddleworth include:
- Lark Hill Lane, Delph: 28 November between 19:30 hrs and 19:43 hrs.
- Wall Hill Road, Dobcross: 4 December at 17:10 hrs
- Thorns Clough, Diggle: between 4 December at 17:30 hrs and 5 December at 04:30 hrs
- Heywood Avenue, Austerlands: 6th December between 03:15hrs and 03:17 hrs
You can report an incident to the police by calling 101 in a non-emergency or 999 in an emergency.