HOUSEHOLDERS are being urged to make New Year resolutions that will prevent burglars ruining the start of 2012.
Police say that January usually means an increase in break-ins across West Yorkshire as thieves go on the prowl for new gadgets and other Christmas gifts or sales bargains.
They are launching a campaign to encourage people to protect themselves against the thieves.
Twitter users are being urged to tweet their resolutions on how to improve security, and will retweet the best five.
Officers will also be stepping up patrols in areas which have seen more burglaries and handing out leaflets with crime prevention tips.
These will include putting packaging for expensive items in the bin or taking them to be recycled so that thieves do not know what you got for Christmas or in the January sales.
Expensive items should be kept away from windows, out of view of prying eyes, doors and windows should be kept locked even when you are inside and keys should never be left in the door.
Gadgets and other expensive items should be marked and timer switches should be used to bring lights on when you are out.
“Burglary will continue to be one of our highest priorities,” said Chief Superintendent Simon Willsher, head of West Yorkshire Police’s local policing department.
“We want the public to work with us throughout the holiday period and into the New Year to make life much harder for criminals.
“We are determined to put a stop to the January burglary blues and I am encouraging the public to take action: don’t let a burglar ruin your New Year.”
To report a break-in call 101.