Keep crims away these holidays
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.