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As UK timezone changes on Sunday we offer you some advice to keep yourself safe during the darker nights

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It is that time again where no virus can touch yes! the clocks go back an hour in the early hours of Sunday morning.

With the clocks put back it means less daylight of course and that could have a real impact on an already depressed nation.

It will also have an impact for all road users more so cyclists and pedestrians who are more likely to be injured or worse.

Criminality sadly does not die from this virus and will continue and Greater Manchester Police have offered some very good advice to keep you and yours safe over winter:

·        Always locking doors even when inside your home, or out of the house for a short time.

·        If you have one, setting your burglar alarm when leaving the house.

·        Keeping bins away from windows when they’re not being used as they can be used as a climbing aid for burglars.

·        Registering your valuables on immobilise.com so property can be returned to its rightful owner if stolen.

·        Working with neighbours by setting up or joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Details can be found at www.ourwatch.org.uk.

Stay safe whilst cycling make sure your lights are working proper, make sure you have the right tyres on for the conditions more so if you are a road cyclist, be aware of drains and covers as they are very slippy when they are wet.

Wear a helmet always, if it was left to us this would be compulsory! make sure you have some visibility on your clothing, more so on your trainers or cycling shoes.

Wear the right equipment for the weather conditions, a good breathable jacket is incredibly important, if its cold put another layer on and remember a good pair of gloves.

Wearing the right footwear can also be crucial to protecting yourself from the elements, make sure if you can they have some hi-visibility features.

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