Leave a light on to prevent burglary

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LEAVE a light on and stay secure are key messages as a police force launches a three-week burglary prevention campaign.

The aim is to highlight the devastating impact that burglary can have on victims by communicating messages, tips and even victims’ own stories to ensure everyone is doing their bit to help prevent break-ins.

The campaign by Sussex Police comes as figures show there are, on average, 275 burglaries every month across the county.

Police Community Support Officers and neighbourhood watch groups will be organising activities in hotspots, talking to residents and handing out leaflets.

Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Jones, campaign leader for Operation Magpie, said: ‘We know that there is an increase in home burglaries once the clocks go back and the evenings become darker.

‘Unlit properties can easily suggest that no-one is home.’

She added: ‘Prevention is always better than cure.’