With the onset of darker evenings, and even before the clocks go back, our local police officers are already noticing an increase in the instances of burglary in the area. These are largely opportunist and the police advise that common-sense precautions will often deter. Yet they frequently find that these are not being observed. As a reminder they recommend that, both at night and when the property is empty, doors and windows are locked, including side access gates, conservatories and outbuildings. Tools should be locked away and if you have an alarm, set it (where possible) when you go to bed at night as well as when you go out.