Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) and the Huntingdonshire Priority Crime team are working together to help residents keep their home safe this Christmas.

The crime team is investigating several burglary series involving specific crime trends. As the evenings draw in and Christmas approaches, there is a short window between 4pm and 6pm where properties are left in darkness. Residents can put off burglars by:

  • setting lighting timers
  • investing in a house alarm
  • locking and securing any gates allowing access to the rear garden.

The crime team is also investigating a small number of burglary offences where the elderly and the vulnerable have been targeted. You can help the crime team by being their eyes and ears by:

  • trying to identify elderly or vulnerable people in your street
  • keeping an eye out for them and, if you are concerned about the security of their home, have a chat with them or contact the crime team with their address so it can visit
  • challenging people cold calling at your or your neighbours' doors, even if they have ID. If you are not sure, don’t feel obliged to let them in. 

Cllr Jason Ablewhite, Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, said: "I am delighted that HDC is working with the police to get these key messages out. We are working hard collaborating with them to prevent burglaries happening in Huntingdonshire, especially in the run up to Christmas."

If you wish to contact the crime team, you can call them on the non-emergency number 101. For regular updates via email on what is happening in your area, you can sign up to eCops for free at http://www.cambs.police.uk/ecops, and the HDC quarterly free e-newsletter at http://www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/subscribe.