Keep crims away th­ese hol­i­days

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Christ­mas is a busy time of year for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing crim­i­nals.

Po­lice have is­sued th­ese tips to help keep you and your prop­erty safe over the fes­tive sea­son:

Don’t leave Christ­mas presents on dis­play in ve­hi­cles. Lock all items out of sight in the boot when you’re out shop­ping. Take any gifts into the house im­me­di­ately when you get home

Put Christ­mas gifts out at the very last minute. Pil­ing presents un­der the Christ­mas tree weeks be­fore Christ­mas is a great way to ad­ver­tise items to op­por­tunis­tic thieves look­ing in win­dows

Don’t ad­ver­tise your new gifts. Leav­ing large ap­pli­ance boxes for com­put­ers or televisions out­side for rub­bish col­lec­tion is a great way of let­ting thieves know what you have got in­side the house. Dis­pose of pack­ag­ing by tear­ing up boxes and putting the pieces in sealed bin lin­ers

Keep an eye on your el­derly neigh­bours over the Christ­mas pe­riod and report any sus­pi­cious peo­ple or ve­hi­cles to po­lice

Don’t leave doors and win­dows open for ven­ti­la­tion, es­pe­cially overnight, even though the weather is warmer

Ac­ti­vate your alarm when you go away. Don’t for­get to tell key hold­ers how you can be con­tacted in an emer­gency

Ask a neigh­bour to keep an eye on your house when you’re away. Get them to mow the lawns and check your mailbox fre­quently so any let­ters and leaflets aren’t left ly­ing around. You can also use a timer switch to turn on lights and ra­dios to give the im­pres­sion some­one is home when you are away

Make use of Op­er­a­tion SNAP. The ser­vice run by po­lice is de­signed to re­duce bur­glary. The SNAP web­site en­ables you to record se­rial num­bers and iden­ti­fy­ing de­tails of your prop­erty so it can be eas­ily iden­ti­fied and re­turned if it is stolen.

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