Avon & Somerset Police want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.
Chief Superintendent Jon Stratford who is in charge of burglary for Avon and Somerset Police said:
Over the Christmas period we’ll be working hard to keep you and your property safe. Please do your bit to help us.
After you’ve done your Christmas shopping, if you’ve bought any gadgets for your family and friends then make sure you log anything with a serial number on the national property database Immobilise. This will help us to return your property to you if it’s stolen and will make it harder for thieves to sell on.
I also can’t stress enough the importance or downloading and installing tracking software on your mobiles, tablets and laptops. We’ve had some great results recently where people have activated their tracking software as soon as their phone or tablet has been stolen. Not only did it allow us to catch the thief red-handed, it meant the victim got their property back quickly.
Whether you’re going away for Christmas or staying home to play with all your new toys, there are some simple tips you can follow to keep you and your family safe.
Your home is your castle
- If you’re going away for Christmas, make sure your house looks occupied. It’s worth getting automatic time switches for lights and radios.
- Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your house whilst you’re away – they could park a car on your drive and collect any mail or free newspapers which might otherwise just sit in your porch.
- Cancel deliveries of milk and newspapers discreetly – don’t announce your departure to a shop full of people. Only tell people who need to know you’re going away and don’t post your holiday dates on Facebook or Twitter.
- Don’t have your home address showing on your luggage for the outward journey. Only put this on the inside of your cases.
- Lock the garage and shed with proper security locks. Make sure your tools are locked away so they can’t be used to break into your house.
- Remember to remove the keys from locked doors and windows and to keep them out of sight in a safe place.
- Letter box restrictors can prevent thieves from accessing the lock from the outside.
- Never leave valuables on display by windows or doors, especially those with cat flaps.
- Keep presents out of sight and don’t leave packaging for new electrical goods on display outside your house – keep it out of sight until the recycling is collected.
- Keep handbags, purses and wallets close to you and secure at all times.
- Don’t leave bags hanging on the back of chairs in cafés and restaurants, under tables or in shopping trolleys.
- We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, register all your gear on Immobilise!
Meet your neighbourhood team
Come to one of the local registration events going on across Avon and Somerset, where your local neighbourhood team can help you to register your property on Immobilise. You can also speak to them about any issues you might have and get general crime prevention advice to help keep you safe this winter. Visit the local pages of the Avon & Somerset Police website to get details of your nearest event.