It’s starting to get dark much earlier in the evenings.
That means that the annual ritual of changing the clocks in the UK isn’t far away.
British Summer Time will then come to an end as we move back on to Greenwich Mean Time.
British Summer Time (BST) traditionally ends on the last Sunday in October.
This means that you will need to put the clocks back by one hour on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at 2am .
At that point, 2am goes back to being 1am so you will GAIN an hour.
But, worryingly, homeowners have been warned of a possible spike in break-ins over the coming months with burglars targeting unoccupied homes on dark winter evenings.
The shorter days when the clocks go back provide the ideal cover for thieves looking to break in – especially knowing houses may well be filled with Christmas presents.
One insurer has warned householders of the need to be cautious after the clocks go back later this month as its analysis of claims history over the past five years found a 34% jump in thefts from homes during the five months of shorter days, the Mirror reports .
Co-Op Insurance looked at claims people had submitted in the five months either side of the clocks going back and found the increase, while it also showed Friday was the day most likely for a theft to take place.
The clocks go back by an hour at 2am on Sunday, October 28 – making the mornings lighter and the afternoons and evenings darker, making it easier for criminals to spot empty houses with no lights switched on.
The insurance data from the Co-op also found home thefts between November and March showed a greater chance of forced or violent entry than during the summer, when windows and doors are often left open.
Ian Kershaw, head of claims at the Co-op Insurance, said: “Unfortunately darker nights lead to more burglaries so as the nights draw in we’re urging people be really vigilant when it comes to their personal safety, as well as the safety of their home.”
The insurer’s data also found a hike in car claims around this time of year due to an increase in the number of car crashes.