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Burglary and theft

With presents stacked under the tree and Christmas shopping loaded in car boots, the festive period can be a prevalent time for thieves to strike. Read our advice to help reduce the risk of having your presents stolen this Christmas.

  • Make your house look lived-in - burglars won’t be as tempted if they think someone is home. If you’re heading out for a Christmas party of a festive gathering,  keep your lights on a timer and consider keeping your radio playing so it seems like someone is home. 
  • Lock up when you leave - make sure all and windows on your house, vehicle and garages or sheds are securely locked at all times. Not only can valuable tools be appealing to burglars, they can also be used to force entry to a home. 
  • Keep presents out of sight - keeping your Christmas presents on display can entice opportunist thieves. Try to keep them hidden in a safe place or store them out of view of windows. 
  • Don’t give crooks an easy entry - never leave keys under a doormat or in a flowerpot – it’s the first place a would-be offender would look. 
  • Look out for neighbours - ask a friend to keep an eye on your house if you're going away for the holiday season, and do the same for neighbours. Stay alert to suspicious activity on your street.
  • Use a secure car park - if you're out doing Christmas shopping or having a night out in the town centre, use a secure, well lit car park.
  • Don't leave valuables on display - if you have to leave Christmas presents in your car while you're Christmas shopping, keep them covered up and locked in the boot.
  • Property mark your new gifts - by property marking any valuable gifts you receive, you are more likely to get them returned to you in the unfortunate event that they are stolen.

Follow us on Twitter and look for the hashtag #WinterWise for more crime prevention advice this winter.

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