Christmas Greetings

As we approach the festive season it is worth remembering that the villains do not take a break at Christmas. Advice from the Police is applicable all year but especially at this time.

Shopping

  • Make sure your handbag is closed and you carry it close to your side, so a pick-pocket would find it difficult to slide their hand in without you knowing;
  • Never leave a bag unattended in a trolley, even if for a couple of seconds;
  • Try and keep wallets in an inside pocket and out of sight from a potential pick-pocket;
  • Keep your PIN number confidential never disclose your PIN number to anyone including the bank and police;
  • When entering your PIN number at a terminal ensure no one can see you enter it.
  • Try to pay for items on a debit card rather than carrying large amounts of cash. If this is not possible keep cash to a minimum

Dwelling Burglary

  • Don’t leave Christmas presents under the tree in view from a window;
  • Make sure windows and doors are locked every time you leave the house;
  • Avoid leaving tools and ladders lying around that could assist someone to get into your home;
  • When you go out at night make it appear that someone is home. Draw the curtains and leave a light on. Always use a timer switch to put on a lamp or radio.

Vehicle crime

  • Before you leave your car, ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked;
  • Avoid leaving your purchases and presents in your vehicle. If you must, make sure they are not on display. Rather store them in the boot and make sure the car is locked;
  • Always lock your bike. Use a D lock and make the locked bike difficult to manoeuvre by keep any gaps between the lock and bike frame small.

Online shopping

When online shopping ensure you go to official websites and have adequate anti-virus software, especially when purchasing expensive items.

See the advice in the Alert of 22nd November and check the tips at the Safe Online website: www.getsafeonline.org/safechristmasshopping

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