Don’t give thieves a chance this Christmas

With all the seasonal festivities at this time of year, home security is often the last thing we’ll think about. However, make it a priority this year to assess the security of your home like a burglar would. Christmas is the only time of year we advertise goods in our homes to such an extent. Follow the Community Safety Partnership top tips:
  • Securely lock front and back doors/windows with the key, and remember to also lock your side gate.
  • Use a light timer switch so your home lights up automatically. This ensures your home isn’t left in darkness whilst you’re not there.
  • Before wrapping presents jot down model and serial numbers. UV mark all valuables with your postcode and door number/house name. By doing this your items are less attractive to opportunists because being caught in possession of marked goods incriminates thieves. Also your goods are more likely to be returned to you by police if found.
  • Resist putting gifts under the tree until Christmas morning, or if you do before then, pull your curtains or blinds so items are not left on view.
  • After opening presents rip up present boxes, making sure not to leave them in view outside. An empty TV box for instance advertises the new item in the home.
  •                         Secure and lock your garage/shed as well as your home – they contain the tools a burglar requires to gain access to your property.
  • Use your household alarm if you have one.
  • Be vigilant of any suspicious behaviour in your area and report it to the police on 101. If you believe a burglary is in progress call 999.
  • Be conscious of what you put on social networking websites in regards to going out and leaving the home empty.
  • For more information visit: www.thamesvalley.police.uk/crprev
  • Have a safe and merry Christmas!