As the nights draw in, crime rates can go up so here are some tips for staying safe this winter
1 Check all doors and windows are locked and always make it look like someone is home. Put a lamp on a timer or play a radio when your house is not occupied
2 Do not leave car keys or valuables on show. Especially near windows or letterboxes where burglars can reach through.
3 Never leave your car unattended while you defrost it. Do not be tempted to turn on the demister and go back into the house.
4 Be mindful of where you go on dark nights. Avoid dark shortcuts and always park in well-lit places.
5 Only ever get in a licensed taxi. Be sure to check the vehicle plate and driver ID badge before entering.