With the dark nights closing in, people in Leeds are being reminded to protect their home against burglars.
Research suggests that burglaries traditionally increase during autumn and winter as the nights grow longer.
Figures also show that there is usually a five per cent increase in household thefts in the week that clocks go back, with a 160 per cent increase on Halloween. Bonfire Night is statistically the worst day of the year for burglaries, with 22 per cent more thefts reported than on the average day (according to Aviva).
With the average burglary costing residents £2,300, Yale has sponsored National Home Security month, which will run throughout October.
The security specialist will be offering people a number of top tips to help them keep their homes and belongings safe.
The campaign will highlight a different element of home security each week, including door and window security, securing sheds and outbuildings, security gadgets, and protecting items inside and outside your properties.
Top tips to help beat the burglar include leaving the radio and a few lights on to give the impression someone is home, using a timer switch for the lights and radio if you go out before dark, taking valuables out of the car and ensuring your doors and windows stay locked during a Bonfire or Halloween party, especially if you are in the garden.Other advice includes putting cars, bikes and toys away in the shed or garage and not leaving the spare keys in an obvious place like under the doormat.
For more information about National Home Security Month, visit www.homesecuritymonth.com or search for National Home Security Month on Facebook and Twitter.
Anyone who signs up to the online campaign will receive a regular email newsletter full of security tips, advice and suggestions, plus offers and deals.