In the run up to Christmas Croydon police have issued a special warning for local residents to help them avoid being victims of crime over the festive period. In addition to registration on the Immobilise National property register many of the other suggestions made apply equally to other regions:
Some of their recommendations are:
While out shopping be aware of pickpockets and thieves, carry your handbag in front of you so sticky fingers can’t get into it.
When out and about Christmas shopping, leave carrier bags with gifts in secure and out of site in your car but make sure you stay vigilant, thieves may well watch car parks for a chance to break into them.
When at home make sure you wait until Christmas Day before putting presents around your tree, they can make a tempting display for a burglar.
Burglars like an easy life and it’s not just Christmas cards that come through your letterbox so fit a letterbox hood.
Burglars can force some sash windows, especially old ones without key operated locks. A good way to reduce the risk is by fixing a window box planter to the window ledge and fitting proper window locks.
Don’t highlight the fact that you have gifts and presents to criminals by openly displaying the empty packaging outside by your bins.
Registering your possessions on the immobilise website increases your chances of being reunited with them should they be lost or stolen and come to the notice of the police.
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