Keep safe this winter on Bute

Rothesay police sergeant, Dave Wilkinson, has offered tips and advice for island residents on keeping their homes secure this winter.
Rothesay police sergeant, Dave Wilkinson, has offered tips and advice for island residents on keeping their homes secure this winter.

With darker nights slowly creeping in, Rothesay police sergeant, Dave Wilkinson, has highlighted a few crime prevention measures that you can take to reduce the fear and effects of crime.

“For a few pounds you can invest in an electric socket mounted timer (available at most good DIY shops),” said Sgt Wilkinson. “Plug a lamp or a radio into the timer and have it set to go on and off to create the impression of habitation within the house.

“If you have an exterior light covering your front and back door, take time to check that they are clean, visible and in good working order. Leave them on at different times and use them to assist your return home.

“Light-fitted rose-mounted sensors can also be purchased. Simply follow the instructions for fitting and use, and these will turn a light on and off, giving the impression that the building is occupied.

“If you are going to be away from home for any length of time call in at the police station and provide the dates and an emergency contact number. This is useful not only for crime but in the event of burst pipes, flooding or other emergency.

“If you have a garden shed or outhouse, ensure that it is locked and that equipment within cannot be used by intruders to overcome your security. If you have a ladder stored outside have it chained up, again, so as not to provide an easy method of entry.

“If you see or hear anyone you consider to be suspicious, or a vehicle causes you concern, call the police on 101. In an emergency always use 999.

“A little forethought will help you to keep safe and secure this winter.”