Shining examples of community spirit in Brandon

A Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator from Brandon has become the lucky winner of a competition winning crime prevention equipment for his local scheme.

During Suffolk Constabulary’s ‘Lights on Timers’ week (October 22 to 28) Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators put a crime prevention postcard through the letterboxes of neighbours’ properties they saw in darkness during the campaign week.

The postcards gave advice to residents encouraging them to think about the security of their home when it is not occupied.

Nearly 100 schemes took part distributing approx. 3,000 cards.

Participating co-ordinators names were entered into a prize draw with the opportunity to win crime prevention equipment such as alarms and timer switches for their scheme.

On December 21 the winner, Mr Bob Jones from Brandon received his prize, presented by PCSO Terry Joynson.

Runner-up prizes were received by Peter Newby also from Brandon and Pam Miller from Wickhambrook.

Chief Inspector Jenny Powellfrom Suffolk Constabulary’s community safety department said: “Leaving your house in total darkness is a sure sign no-one’s at home and an invitation to burglars.

“Burglars look for quick win opportunities; they don’t want to run the risk of a confrontation so simply leaving a light on to give the impression someone is at home is often enough to deter them.

“Timer switches can also be fitted to operate radios and lights if you’re not back from work until after dark or if you’re away for a few days.

“Leaving a light on costs literally pence in electricity – and that pales into insignificance compared to the hundreds of pounds in insurance excess you might have to pay should your home be broken in to.

“A high proportion of all break-ins are as a result of properties being left unlocked so checking all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house is crucial.

“Other home security essentials are to use your burglar alarm if you have one – it’s amazing how many households don’t bother – and also to never leave a spare key under the doormat or a flowerpot.

“Burglars will always look there first so it’s not much of a ‘hiding place’.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about crime prevention advice and home security should contact their local Crime Prevention Officer at Suffolk Police on 101.

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