Thanks to those who participated in the November 2013 survey about street lighting and your thoughts about crime and safety in your area.

The results of the survey are now available to download from our website here:

15,786 people responded to the survey. 22% of participants said that lighting had been switched off or dimmed in their area. Of those participants, 55.8% of the women and 38.8% of the men said that their community now feels less safe. When comparing the data by age, a higher number of younger respondents felt their safety was negatively affected.  Asked how dimming or switching off lighting affects their behaviour, 40% of respondents considered going out less, 65% avoided unlit areas and 15% said they would take taxis rather than walk.  To read more detail please see the full report.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust undertook Freedom of Information requests about street lighting cuts by local authorities across England and Wales with a view to comparing these results with the survey results.  However, due to staff illness, they have not yet completed this in as much detail as they wished.  Instead they plan to circulate this as another report at a later date.

Best wishes,

Catherine Dunn
NHWN (Campaigns, Events & Database Manager)








As the rate of domestic burglaries goes up at this end of the year, owing to the darker evenings and the lure of expensive Christmas presents in many people’s homes, Cheshire Police would like to issue some basic home security advice to the public.
Detective Inspector Justin Hancock, from Cheshire Police said: “Officers will be focusing on information provided by members of the public to conduct enforcement activity, not just this week, but for weeks to come.  We will use intelligence to target criminals who bring misery to our communities and bring them to justice.  If anyone has any information concerning criminal activity in their area or sees any suspicious activity, they should contact the police or Crimestoppers.”    
Superintendent Jon Betts added, “Many domestic burglaries happen because of insecure doors or windows.  People just don’t realise they are leaving burglars a calling card if they leave their homes insecure. Cheshire Constabulary police officers and staff are actively engaged in their communities delivering these key messages and crime prevention advisors visit peoples home to give valuable advice to home owners on what steps they can take to keep themselves and their homes safe.”

Case study relating to a domestic burglary incident - read more. 

Common methods used by burglars to enter people’s homes

  • During one month in the east of Cheshire, 15 burglars gained entry via insecure doors or windows.  
  • Burglars standing on wheelie bins that have been left out under open bedroom windows.  
  • Noticing a house is empty from there being no lights on at night, or a car is not on the driveway
  • DIY tools or gardening tools left out in the garden being used to pry open doors or windows
  • Leaving keys or valuables on display where they can be seen and reached easily through open windows or doors
Items of interest to burglars
Jewellery, games consoles, laptops, mobile phones, wallets, handbags or car keys left lying around or in coats or jacket are just some of the high value items which burglars are looking for. 
Tips on home security
  • Having an alarm or CCTV fitted to your property.  In some incidences, it has allowed police to identify the burglar and provides vital evidence for the prosecution case. For example, where the burglar has travelled between towns and cities to target properties, CCTV can help in linking the offender to a numerous offences.
  • Consider outdoor planting around your house as putting plants or shrubs that have prickly thorns around the base of windows or drain pipes can deter burglars from targeting your property.
  • Gravel paths to doorways can provide an early warning when someone is approaching your property.
  • Fitting multi lever locks to patio doors makes it difficult for burglars to lift the doors out of their frames.
A local resident has received a phone call from a male saying he was from Microsoft Windows and was phoning about a problem with her computer. The caller is not  a legitimate representative from Microsoft Windows. The resident was a victim of this scam last year which resulted in her computer being infected with a virus which couldn't be erased. The scammers had accessed the history on her computer and the resident had to cancel credit cards and change her bank accounts and buy a new computer.
Please be extremely cautious should you receive a call from someone claiming they can solve a problem ‘they say’ you have with your computer. 
The caller will claim your computer contains a virus and they can help to remove it with remote access. Please do not be fooled into allowing access to your computer. 
Do not open any programme or download any software even if you are told that  should the problem not be solved, the computer will become unusable. This is a scam.  If you receive an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be from a computer maintenance company just hang up.  


You can also report the incident to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit