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Christmas crime prevention advice

Alert message sent 07/12/2016 17:32:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

As Christmas approaches please take a few minutes to read the information below so you know how you can protect your home and vehicles this Christmas

Five top tips on home security for a crime-free Christmas:

  • Property-mark presents and valuables with your postcode, house number or name, then register on the Immobilise website (opens new window). Make a note of all model numbers and serial numbers of all electrical items.
  • Keep presents out of view – placing presents in plain view of windows will only draw attention to your house and its contents.
  • Be cautious when using social media such as Facebook – do you really want to advertise that your home is empty by showing you are somewhere else or having a countdown to your holiday?
  • Invest in a timer to open and close your curtains or turn on your lights or, better yet, ask a family member or neighbour to pop in and do it at random times of the day so a potential thief does not see an exact pattern.
  • Dispose of boxes and rubbish discreetly. Leaving boxes outside will give away the fact that you have new and valuable items in the house.

Five top tips on vehicle security for a crime-free Christmas:
  • Make sure nothing is left on display in your car. Even small belongings can be tempting to a thief. Never think leaving items in the boot is safe either. Who is to say someone didn't see you leave them there?
  • Bill if your car is broken into: excess for insurance - £50, stolen presents - £250, having your car valeted to remove glass - £15.
  • Help drive thieves crackers this Christmas by giving extra thought to your personal and vehicle security. When considering where to park, look for a well-lit, busy area. For additional security look out for the Park Mark (opens new window) security approved car parks.
  • Never leave your keys in the ignition while your vehicle is unattended, even for a few minutes. Thieves will steal cars that have been left with the engine running to defrost the windows.
  • Car crime accounts for more than a quarter of all reported crime in the UK, so always take precautions and lock your car, making sure windows are closed, even if you’re away from your vehicle for just a few minutes.

Click on the links below for a short video called ‘Don’t let thieves steal your Christmas’
Burglary crime prevention advise.

Click on the links below for a short video called ‘Display and you will pay’ to prevent theft from vehicles.

For further help and advice as to speak to a member of your local neighbourhood police team.


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David Huckle (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)

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