Police in Glenrothes have re-launched Operation ‘After Dark’ as part of their continued commitment to preventing housebreakings.
Operation After Dark runs from now until March next year and local officers will utilise various resources, work with partners such as Glenrothes Neighbourhood Safety Group, conduct additional road checks and increased high-visibility foot patrols during the hours of darkness over the months ahead.
Glenrothes Community Sergeant Kenny Greig said: “With the clocks going back and the darker nights that follow, our officers will be out speaking to the local community to provide reassurance and offer helpful security information and advice.
“Thankfully housebreaking remains rare in the Glenrothes area but many thieves are opportunistic and, as always, I would ask the public to remain vigilant and ensure they make their homes and property as secure as possible.”
People are encouraged to take simple measures, including making sure that all windows and doors are locked at night, to prevent their home from becoming a target for housebreakers.
Don’t leave your keys in the lock or near the door as potential intruders may be able to reach them through the letterbox.
Ensure that valuables are kept out of sight by closing ground floor curtains before going to bed.
Installing a mortice lock, peep hole or chain can make it more difficult to compromise the security of a door and Fife Cares can install these for vulnerable and elderly members of our community.
Motion-activated security lighting can act as a deterrent and these are available online or at most DIY stores.
Timer switches, which can trigger one or more lights within the household, are particularly useful for people who will be leaving their home empty while on holiday and can be purchased from your local police station.
More information on how to secure your home is available at www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/secure-your-home
For details of your next Community Engagement Meeting, please speak to a local officer, call 101 or visit www.scotland.police.uk/your-community/fife
Always dial 999 in an emergency.