With Haverhill Police urging people to leave lights on in their home to ward off potential burglars now the nights have drawn in, statistics have shown that most people do just that.
Police have urged people to leave lights on or have them on a timer to make would-be burglars unsure whether or not someone is home, and hopefully put them off the crime.
A national survey by retailer ledhut.co.uk has shown that:
· Two thirds of East Anglia residents leave lights on when they go out
· Most do it for security reasons (79 per cent stay switched on to make it look like someone is home)
· An embarrassing 11 per cent admit that they just forget to turn lights off when they go out – and more than 70 per cent leave lights on in empty rooms even when they are at home
The research has been carried out as part of LED Hut’s Savvy Switch campaign (fronted by Sarah Beeny), which is urging homes to become more savvy about lighting and save as a result.
For example, Suffolk residents could be spending ten times too much on lighting just by choosing inefficient bulbs – and could save 90 per cent by switching to eco-friendly LEDs.
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