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Police are warning people to lock up and light up as the dark nights draw in.

Traditionally, the number of burglaries rise during the autumn and winter.

Chief Inspector Mark McManus

Chief Inspector Mark McManus

Last year burglary rates fell by 25 per cent across West Yorkshire, but officers want to cut that number even further.

Chief Insp Mark McManus said: “We want you to take action now to reduce your chances of being a victim of burglary and take every possible step to make your home as secure as possible.

“I don’t want any resident of West Yorkshire coming home and finding their home broken into.

“This might be ambitious but what we’ve got to do is work together, to prevent burglaries, reduce the opportunities and make our communities safer and feel safer.

“So please remember to light up, lock up and be secure - it only takes a minute.”

People should leave lights on or set timer switches, ensure all windows and make sure doors are locked even when you in.

He also urged people to use free tracking software for phones and laptops.

Expensive gadgets and car keys should be kept away from windows.

To more advice log on to www.westyorkshire.police.uk/burglary, or follow the force on Twitter @WestYorksPolice or search for #wypburglary.