We are urging our residents to take extra home safety precautions during the
darker winters months ahead of the clocks going back on Sunday (31 October).
We work hard around the clock to catch criminals and burglaries overall are
continuing to decrease, however there is typically an increase in reported
break-ins during autumn and winter.
Last year, figures did not increase over the winter, which is likely to be
due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions, but with fewer
restrictions in place this year, the force is urging people not to get
complacent with their home security.
We recorded 600 burglaries across Cambridgeshire between October last year
(2020) and March this year, a 44 percent drop compared to the same period in
2019-2020 (1,071). A total of 83 of these were in Huntingdonshire, compared
to 176 the previous year.
While the figure dropped a further 21 percent between April and September
this year, from 642 down to 510 overall, (and from 121 to 66 in
Huntingdonshire), we are warning the public to increase precautions as the
nights start to draw in.
Detective Sergeant Justin Parr, from the force’s Acquisitive Crime Team,
said: “While it’s reassuring to see the number of dwelling burglaries
falling, we do usually see an increase in incidents at this time of year.
“Most burglaries are a result of a thief spotting an opportunity and although
we continue to target burglars and bring offenders to justice, often a lack
of security, empty homes and the cover of darkness is all the invitation a
thief looks for.
“Simple things like installing good interior and exterior lighting, used
together with timer switches or motion sensors, keeping valuables hidden and
entry points secure are all ways to put off a burglar.”
Other advice includes:
- Closing your blinds or curtains at night to prevent
people from looking into your home
- Not leaving spare keys hidden outside – a burglar may
look for these first
- Not leaving car keys near the front door or anywhere
easy to find
- Installing a driveway alarm
- Installing a visible burglar alarm
DS Parr added: “Tackling burglary is a priority for the force
and while my team works tirelessly day-in-day-out, it’s just as much about
prevention than anything else.
“When someone breaks into your home, it can often leave you feeling unsafe in
the place you should feel safest.
“I’m urging the public not to rest on their laurels and to check their home
security: it could save you a lot of time, stress and money.”
For more burglary prevention advice visit
our website here.