Clock change is time to be vigilant –police

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HIGH PEAK residents are being advised to switch a light on and be more vigilant as the clocks go back this weekend.

Police are reminding people to take on board some simple steps to help reduce the opportunity of having their home broken into as the daylight hours get shorter and the darker evenings arrive, especially as British Summer Time officially ends this Sunday, October 30.

Sergeant Garry Staples, Community Safety Partnership Sergeant for the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales, said: “While the number of burglaries in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales has reduced significantly in the last six months, it is important that people don’t become complacent.”

During the last six months - Friday, April 1 to Friday, September 30 - the number of dwelling burglaries in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales has reduced by 25 per cent, from 184 recorded during that period in 2010, to 138 in 2011.

l For more advice visit www.derbyshire.police.uk or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team by calling 101, the new national police non-emergency number.