Ahead of the clocks going back on Sunday, Lincolnshire Police has issued advice to residents in a bid to prevent crime.
It is not uncommon for offenders to take advantage of earlier hours of darkness and target properties in the early evening when people might not be at home.
As such, the force is raising awareness of measures that can act as deterrents to potential burglars.
Crime prevention tactical advisor Sally Picker said: “One of the best prevention measures is to make your house looks and sounds occupied. Setting timer switches for the lights to come on in front and back rooms in the early evening is a good idea, as is leaving a radio on in the house.
“Also, as always, make sure all your windows and doors are locked before you leave for any period of time so a burglar cannot have easy access to your property.”
Lincolnshire Police offers the following advice to avoid becoming a victim of burglary:
* Even if you are only going out for a short while make sure you shut and lock the external doors and windows, even if you are just going out for a short while.
* Keep all valuables out of sight.
* Keep spare keys safe and out of sight.
* Visible intruder alarms, good lighting and carefully directed security lighting can put an intruder off.
* Never leave your garages or sheds unlocked as tools found inside can be stolen or used to break-in to your property.
* Ensure that your garden is just as secure as your home and do not leave anything of value such as bikes or gardening tools in full view.
* Always keep gates locked when not in use.