HOMEOWNERS in the Knutsford area are being urged to brighten up their homes during the dark winter nights.

Residents across the area are being urged to make their homes look ‘lived in’ to avoid being victim to opportunist thieves.

Traditionally at this time of year there tends to be an increase in the number of burglaries reported to police as homes are left in darkness whilst people are out at work.

Officers are urging residents across the area to remain security conscious and to take steps to reduce their chances of falling foul of thieves. DI Nigel Groom, head of the burglary team for the eastern area, said: “Many burglars are attracted to homes that have been left in darkness.

“We are urging residents to take a few simple steps to ensure their home is secure – especially if you are going to be late home from work or out for the night.”

Residents are being encouraged to reassess their current security measures in a bid to reduce their chances of being targeted.

Tips include buying timer switches for lights, radios and other appliances to give the impression that someone is at home – even if they are not and installing motion sensitive lights, using gravel, which is noisy if anyone steps on it and planting prickly bushes.

DI Nigel Groom added: “Neighbours are being urged to keep a watchful eye on their own neighbourhood and look out for people acting suspiciously in their area.

“Be on your guard and if you see anyone acting suspiciously then please report it to the police immediately – even the smallest amount of information can be useful when piecing together a case.”