Stay safe as the clocks go back

Published: 21 October 2019

As the clocks go back and the nights draw in, we’d like to remind residents of the importance of staying safe and being seen.

The clocks will be going back by one hour this Sunday (October 27) at 2am. As it gets darker earlier please remember to be vigilant of your surroundings and protect your belongings by keeping them out of sight.

Across the country the increasing hours of darkness leads to an increase in burglary so we would encourage residents to follow our top tips for keeping your home safe. Find out more here

Other safety tips include:

  • Keeping your wallet and phone zipped up in your pockets or bags
  • Covering your pin and being aware of your surroundings when using ATMs
  • Avoid using your phone while walking

We’d also like to remind pedestrians, motorists and cyclists to stay safe on the roads:

  • Check your vehicle and bike lights are working properly and be extra aware of other road users
  • Cyclists should wear bright, reflective clothing and tape to draw drivers’ attention
  • If you are walking after dark it’s advisable to wear something bright and reflective to be more visible to motorists

There’s also several things you could do to better protect your home:

  • Make sure your front door is secure
  • Don’t leave spare keys outside your home
  • Keep garages and sheds locked as tools and ladders could be used by opportunists

It’s also important to check in on neighbours who could be more vulnerable as summer comes to an end. For more advice and information, head to our crime and public safety page here

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