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Keep your presents off the burglars list this Christmas

Well it’s that time of year again, the trees are going up, the Christmas lights are being turned on, those Christmas decorations that have been on display in most of our larger shops since October now look relevant and the same festive adverts are on the TV again and again.

Yes, Christmas is here and with it, the excitement and the frantic rushing around have begun in earnest. It’s a time when everything goes up a gear. We’re in a hurry; we need to do loads of things; we have so much to plan. But, if we’re not careful, whilst doing all of these things, we can become careless and lose sight of those simple crime prevention measures that we practice all year.

Just as Christmas is a busy time for everyone, it can equally be a time of plenty for the opportunist thief if we let them take advantage of our rushing around. Follow these simple steps to avoid becoming a target for crime and have a crime free Christmas and New Year.

• If out shopping, don’t leave any shopping bags, coats or other items on view in your car, always ensure that they are out of view by placing them in the car boot.

• Always try and park in a well lit car park or street and check that your car is secure!

• Consider your home security too – don’t leave the curtains open and all your presents and Christmas tree on display whilst you’re out.

• If you can, leave a radio on and put lights on timer switches to ensure that it looks like that someone is at home.

• Ensure your property is secure by making sure that your garage door, house doors, garden sheds/outbuildings and windows are all locked.

• Garden tools, DIY equipment and leisure items such as fishing and golf equipment should be locked away in storage cupboards within outbuildings to form a second line of defense to thieves.

• Motorbike and pedal cycles should also be locked even when they are in a shed or garage.

• If you have a household alarm consider extending it to cover your outbuildings, fit a bespoke shed/garage alarm or buy an inexpensive, but effective battery operated shed alarm.  Anything which makes a loud noise will send a thief running!

• Lastly for reference, record a description and add photographs of your cycles, golf clubs, fishing equipment, tools, jewellery and any other valuable property on www.immobilise.com

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