A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE POLICE
Keep your vehicles locked and alarmed (if you have one) at all times. Ensure you leave nothing on show, tempting thieves to break in and see what else is in there! Keep any shopping in the boot so it’s out of sight and remove the items as soon as you can.
If you return to your car with a lot of gifts and plan on continuing shopping, drive away and park in another spot. This makes anyone watching the car park think you have gone home, or you’ve just arrived and don’t have a boot full of gifts – many of which may have a receipt in the bag!
GOING OUT / SHOPPING
It’s always busy when you’re shopping or going out at Christmas, so watch out for pickpockets. Keep any wallets and purses in a zipped-up pocket if possible. If you have to use a cash machine, make sure no-one can see your number and never keep your PIN number in your purse or wallet.
If you think you’ll drink – get a taxi! Police stops and breath tests will be increased at this time of year. Guard your drink – don’t leave any drinks unattended to prevent the risk of drink spiking.
Look out for each other! Stay with your friends and don’t let anyone go off alone, especially if they have overindulged!
Try to book a taxi before you go out and agree a price for the journey. Use a recognised taxi rank if you haven’t planned your journey, and look out for a taxi badge and a meter. Taxis that don’t have a For Hire light are not allowed to pick up passengers that haven’t booked. Any passenger that does travel with them after hailing them will be uninsured. Don’t let a drunk friend take a taxi on their own - having a sober friend with them protects both the passenger and the driver.
Remember, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
Keep all unattended doors and windows locked at all times – you’d be surprised at how many “walk-in” burglaries happen. Remove any keys and keep them out of sight, but ensure all residents know where they are in case of emergency. Close internal doors at night to help prevent the spread of fire and smoke.
Put lights on timer switches whenever you go out and tune a radio into a talk station to give the impression that someone is at home. You can now get a light that imitates the flicker of a TV, giving the impression that someone is watching television upstairs. As your neighbours will probably have their Christmas lights on, a dark house will stand out as being unoccupied.
Close the curtains or blinds at dusk to make sure thieves can’t see through your windows and see what you’ve got to steal or that you’re on your own.
Avoid advertising that you’re going to be away on Facebook or other social media – people other than your friends could be seeing your posts.
After Christmas, don’t leave the boxes from your presents where people can see them - you’ll be advertising what’s in the house!
HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS