Chistmas security advice

Alert message sent 16/12/2016 14:32:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Christmas is approaching.........
To all of our communities, it is getting closer to Christmas… and most of us are all prepared with presents wrapped ready and waiting for the big day to spend time with family.
Many of us will be celebrating by going out, visiting relatives or perhaps even going away for a few days.

Result: Unoccupied homes full of new stuff that we haven’t got around to property marking and that we may not even be able to describe.  Rich pickings for the burglars!
There are, of course, things you can do to ensure your home doesn’t become a target for thieves.
During the run-up to the big day, DON'T leave presents under the tree in full view from outside as they can attract the attention of thieves – keep them out of sight until Christmas day.  If you store larger items such as bikes in a shed or out building make sure they are secure.
If you’re going out or away over the holiday period, consider your home security.  Here are just a few things to note:
•Leave a light and radio on a timer.
•As a fire precaution don’t leave Christmas lights on whilst you are out.
•Lock all outside doors and windows, and if you have a burglar alarm make sure it is in full working order and set.
• DON’T advertise your purchases on social media- you make yourself a target to others
• Reconsider submitting photos of Trees laden with presents on Social Media- Thieves use social media too.
•Before wrapping presents jot down model and serial numbers. Keep receipts separate so you have a record and thieves can't return your items to the shop.
•Don't put gifts under the tree, or if you do, pull your curtains!
•Once you’ve opened all your gifts, don’t leave the boxes on view outside to advertise your good fortune to criminals.
•Tell your trusted neighbours that you’ll be out and ask them to keep an eye on your home
•Don’t forget to secure your vehicle if you’re not using it, and remove any items on show – whether they’re valuable or not.  In the dark even an empty box could make a tempting target and cost you a smashed window. 
•If you’re at a loose end on Boxing Day why not spend a little time property-marking your new stuff, or even better registering it on the National Mobile property register?

Why not visit NMPR / to find out how easy it is and get a few more security tips.
This may seem excessive during the season of goodwill but it’s not the same for everyone.  Drug addicts’ cravings for whatever substance they need do not go away and they have to get the money from somewhere.  Where better than an unoccupied home or car full of nice new stuff ?  Take sensible precautions to make sure it’s not your property that funds their habit.  Cheshire Police are already doing their best to ensure crime is kept low this Christmas – we’re even sending cards to our most prolific offenders!
 Jen Kent
PS 37006
Beat Management
Ellesmere Port and Neston
Message sent by
Wendy Dalton (Police, PCSO, Ellesmere Port East LPU PCSO)

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