Don’t be tricked into treating thieves this Halloween and bonfire night

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POLICE are warning people to be aware of burglars and car thieves during the autumn festivities.

According to Warwickshire Police, the dark nights and bangs can mask the sound of thieves and burglars breaking into cars and into houses.

Car owners accompanying children while out trick or treating, or going to bonfire events should make sure their vehicles are secure when they park up and that there is nothing on view inside which may attract the attention of an opportunist thief.

They should especially make sure they that sat nav cradles and the marks they leave on the windscreen are removed.

People planning an evening out trick or treating with their family, or who are going to a bonfire party are also being advised to make sure they leave their home secure, double checking that doors, windows and patio doors locked be fore they leave.

George Stepney, community intervention manager at Warwickshire Police, said: “With dark nights it is easy for a burglar to see which houses are empty and people should think about leaving a light on in the house and even turning radio on. Burglars are far less likely to break in to a house where if they think someone is inside.”

This year Warwickshire Police is again running Operation Orleans, the annual campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour and protect communities from harm during the Halloween and bonfire night period.

Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be on patrol and taking steps to enforce the law where fireworks are being misused and where damage, violence or confrontational behaviour is taking place.