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Avoiding Burglary at Christmas Dos an Don'ts
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Toni
It's Christmas again and with all the shiny lights, carol singers and people wearing silly hats it's easy to believe that there is a genuine feeling of Goodwill to All Men around. Now as much as I wish this was true, sadly, it's not always the case. To some, Christmas means houses chock full of expensive goodies, ripe for the picking.
Whilst burglary is down nationally and you are three times less likely to be burgled today than you were 15 years ago, there is still a trend for increase in burglaries over the Christmas period. So to help you avoid being one of the many people who have their Christmas ruined by burglary, Leicestershire Police have compiled a list of Dos and Don'ts for the Christmas period.
- Don’t leave presents under the tree particularly if visible from windows or doors.
- Make use of the free and secure registration websites to register items of value such as I.T., mobile phones, cycles, electrical items such as TV’s, Games Consoles etc
- Dispose of present packaging carefully as empty boxes left outside can advertise that you have new and desirable goods inside your home.
- Never keep large amounts of cash at home.
- Ensure that all doors and windows are locked- use a dead or double lock on outside doors
- Lock up sheds and garages so thieves cannot gain access to ladders and tools which they could use to gain access to your home.
- Never leave keys anywhere near the front door; burglars know where to look.
- When you go out at night, consider leaving the lights on with curtains drawn so it looks like someone is home.
- Visit www.securedbydesign.com for police approved security products.
- If you do arrive home and notice signs of a break-in:
- Don’t go in or call out – the intruder could still be inside.
- Go to a neighbour’s to call the Police.
- Don’t touch anything or tidy up.
Remember, burglary is not the only crime perpetrated at this time of year. Christmas mean office parties and family get togethers. It means more people filled with the "spirit" of Christmas making their way home late at night either on foot or by Public Transport. So please, stay alert.