Lancashire Constabulary is asking local people to work with officers this winter, by taking simple steps to reduce their risk of becoming a victim of crime.
The Darker Nights campaign aims to encourage people across the county to do their bit in keeping our county safe, assisting the police and their local communities by following simple, but effective, crime prevention advice.
This winter, to keep its communities safe, Lancashire Constabulary is:
Increasing patrols, creating a visible presence throughout the county
Working with local businesses across Lancashire to help them reduce their risk of becoming victim to crime at one of the busiest times of the year for retailers
Giving out crime prevention materials throughout the county
Cracking down on drink and drug drivers to increase safety on our roads during the winter months
How can you help?
You can support the Darker Nights campaign and Lancashire Constabulary by following these simple top tips:
- Look out for your keys: Some criminals use fishing rods and hooks to pick up keys and take them through your letter box or open window
- Light up, lock up: When you go out, leave a light on and remember to check your windows and doors are locked
- Not sure? Don’t open the door: Criminals make up stories to try to get into your home and distract your attention whilst they steal valuables or money. They may also keep you talking on your doorstep whilst an accomplice tries to gain access to your home via your back door
- Love your phone? It takes seconds for thieves to snatch it, so make sure it stays yours by trying not to use it unnecessarily in crowded places
- Safe drive, stay alive: There’s no safe drink/drug drive limit. Both drink/drug driving costs lives
- Sounds too good to be true? It probably is: Always use secure websites - look out for the padlock symbol in the website address bar – when buying things online. This will help you to avoid fake/fictious purchases or your details being stolen by criminals
- Bogus calls or emails: Be wary of anyone calling or emailing saying they are from your bank - both phone calls and email are methods fraudsters use to try and gain access to your bank account. If in doubt speak directly to your bank.
- Protect your car: It takes just a matter of seconds for you to become a target. Always lock your car and remove any valuables that are on show. Remember also, that when defrosting your car, never leave it unattended while your key is in the ignition
We have very dedicated officers and staff who are working around the clock to keep our communities safe. However, we need your help to tackle crime and stop criminals this winter and by following our simple steps, people can reduce their chances of become a victim of crime during these darker winter months.
For more detailed information about how you can reduce the risk of you or your family becoming victim to crime, visit www.lancashire.police.uk search ‘help and advice’.
Did you know you can report crime and incidents using our online reporting service? Please visit https://doitonline.lancashire.police.uk/.
In an emergency please dial 999.