Free timers that enable residents to leave a light on in their properties and help deter criminal activity in their neighbourhoods are now available from Rushcliffe Borough Council contact points.
Alongside partners Nottinghamshire Police, the authority are encouraging residents to use the 24-hour timers to switch lights on at specific times and reduce the number of hours their home is left in darkness.
If a house does not have any lights on, it is more likely to be targeted by burglars who could assume it is unoccupied.
Residents can now claim a limited supply timer by completing a Neighbourhood Alert Registration Form and collecting the tool at one of the following locations:
– Rushcliffe Community Contact Centre, Rectory Road, West Bridgford, NG2 6BU
– The Cotgrave Hub, Rivermead, NG12 3UQ
– East Leake Contact Point, Main Street LE12 6PF
Deputy Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Debbie Mason, said: “It’s really important that your home doesn’t look inviting for criminals and using one of these free timers can help to ensure this.
“By leaving a light on in your home, you can help to deter criminal activity in your community all year round.”
Sarah Merrall, Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant for Nottinghamshire Police said: “Using a timer for your lights means your house looks busy and occupied when you’re away.
“Even as the nights get shorter, these timers can help to keep your home from remaining in darkness for long periods and therefore deter criminal activity in your neighbourhood.”