This time last year saw a big increase in the incidence of residential burglaries in Redbridge directly after the clocks changed at the end of October and it got darker earlier. Most of these burglaries were executed by forcing entry at the rear of houses. Police advice is to make sure that your side or rear entrances, gates etc. are secure and if you have lights on timer switches please make sure that you have some at the rear of the house as well. Even if your perimeter is reasonably secure your neighbours may not. Burglars are quite agile and think nothing of jumping over several fences after watching which lights come on and which don’t as people arrive home from work.The Barkingside crime prevention team on 020 8345 3406 [answerphone] are quite happy to pay you a visit and advise on home security measures.