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Christmas Crime Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 16/12/2019 14:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Keeping your home safe will increase the safety factor of not only your property but also your personal safety and Christmas presents/shopping.

Many people like to visit friends and relatives or even go on a holiday to enjoy some winter sun, when leaving your home unattended always make sure to lock the doors and windows to ensure no one can gain easy access to the home.
Set your alarm and security.
Close/Open the curtains and turn on lights regularly – This can be difficult but if you have a neighbour or family member you can trust they could quite easily do this at random times so a potential thief does not see an exact pattern to the houses lights and curtains opening/closing or being switched on and off. A timer can also control the lights.
Keep presents out of view – Placing presents in plain view of windows will only draw attention to your house and its contents, keep presents away from public view as best as possible.
Dispose of boxes and rubbish discreetly – Leaving big boxes outside will give away the fact that you have new large, valuable items in the house. Break down boxes and take them to the tip.

Right from buying the presents through to transporting them home to storing them, there are some vital considerations to think about.

Pay with a Visa or Debit card – Carrying large amounts of cash could see you out-of-pocket if you lose it, it is stolen or it is misplaced, lost money cannot in most instances be recovered, using a VISA or Bank Debit Card will ensure that any false transactions can be refunded, keep everything recorded in case of theft at any stage which will help with insurance should you need to claim for stolen presents.
Keep your wallet, purse and belongings close to hand – Zip pockets will keep a wallet or purse safe, keeping your handbag and present bags close to hand in your line of visibility will also increase their safety.
Do not leave presents on display in your vehicle – This entices potential thief’s to damage your car and also steal your belongings which would be devastating to anybody. If you have to store them in the car place them in a covered boot area under a parcel shelf and keep them out of sight.

Thames Valley Police would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Message sent by
Michelle Beahan (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Oxford LPA)

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