'Keep burglars at bay this winter'
Police have launched a campaign to encourage people to deter burglars exploiting the darker evenings after the clocks go back tomorrow.
Officers are distributing a leaflet to homes across the city and county this weekend to urge people to take simple steps to make their homes safer.
The light bulb-shaped leaflets will be pushed through letterboxes of homes which are in darkness.
They carry the message, "No lights on! If we think no-one is home, so could burglars".
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Officers are encouraging people to either leave lights on while they are out or to invest in timers which will switch bulbs on and off throughout the day.
Detective Chief Inspector Rich Ward said: "The dark evenings and nights help burglars because they can easily see which houses are empty.
"We'd like people to think about using light timers or leaving lights on when they are out to deter burglars from targeting their property.
"The timers don't cost much but could save a great deal of heartache. We know how awful it feels to be burgled which is why we are doing everything we can to tackle it."
The campaign is part of the force's ongoing Operation Dynamo, which aims to tackle a recent increase in burglaries in Leicestershire.
The force said that although burglaries were at a 13-year low, offences have risen in the past few months.
Det Chief Insp Ward said: "Since Dynamo was launched, we've arrested more than 200 people on suspicion of burglary-related offences.
"But we also need members of the public to help us by keeping their property safe."
Police advice includes:
Put timer switches on radios and regularly change the timing.
Fit external security lights.
Make sure gates or access to the rear of the house are locked.
Lock sheds, trim overgrown plants, secure windows, use locks and bolts and keep all your keys out of sight.
Mark property with postcode, name and house number and install intruder alarms.
Join Neighbourhood Watch.