Outdoor lighting advised to deter thieves

22/09/2011
Crime prevention officers in Northern Ireland are advising home owners to consider outdoor lighting to make their homes more secure.

Increasing scrap metal thefts across North Antrim and other parts of Northern Island have prompted the crime prevention advice.

A police spokesman said that, with scrap metal fetching almost record prices, thefts had increased dramatically in the last six months.
Judith Lavery, Crime Prevention Officer for Balymoney and Moyle, said vacant houses were often a problem.
 
“It is always ideal to try to make your property look occupied as much as is reasonably practical,” she said.

““Good outdoor lighting can be an extremely effective tool to deter and detect a potential thief. Internally it is a suggestion to use timer switchers to turn on lights or even radios when darkness falls.

“Keep curtains open in daytime as by closing them you are drawing attention to the fact the house is empty. By following this simple advice you can create an environment which can deter a criminal,” she added.

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