Operation Twilight – don’t become a victim of burglary

It is that time of year again - the nights are drawing in, the clocks have gone back and North Wales Police are launching a campaign to raise awareness about domestic burglaries.

The aim of Operation Twilight is to highlight the key message which is “Appearance of your home.

Sgt Beth Jones said: “Traditionally, burglaries tend to increase during the autumn months. One reason is due to the shorter days which make it easier for burglars to identify which homes are unoccupied, as they are often left in the dark whilst people are out.”

“If there is one word that sums up how burglars choose a target property its APPEARANCE.

“The message we want to deliver is simple and straightforward - asking people to reflect on how their home looks whilst they’re out shopping, picking up the children from school etc. Does their home look unoccupied? It’s going dark but there are no lights on and no car in the driveway. In comparison to neighbouring houses it might be obvious that no one is in.”

“The majority of burglaries are completely avoidable. Residents can play a key role in keeping burglary and other types of crime low, by protecting their homes and valuables and acting on the advice police provide to them.”

As well as providing crime prevention advice to residents across the region, officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Teams together with Community Safety partners will deliver specific advice and help to vulnerable members of the community to ensure they keep their homes secure.

Over the campaign period, North Wales Police will be highlighting advice messages via their social media channels using the hashtag #OpTwilight. Social media users are encouraged to help the campaign by re-tweeting or sharing the information.

Members of the public are also encouraged to visit the North Wales Police website which offers valuable information and advice on how to keep properties and valuables secure.

If you know of someone who is committing burglary, or is involved with the selling of stolen goods, please contact North Wales Police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, use the live webchat https://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/live-chat-support or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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