Protect your home from thieves this Christmas

PUBLISHED: 17:09 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:08 10 June 2010

East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership has released a festive message in a bid to deter thieves from ruining Christmas.

East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership has released a festive message in a bid to deter thieves from ruining Christmas.

The group has issued a set of guidelines to help protect homeowners and is urging people to call 999 if they see anything suspicious.

Community safety officer Gerry Moore said: "Nobody will criticise you if the person or persons you have seen turn out to be genuine, but you won't be thanked by the victim of a crime and by the police if you haven't bothered to pick up the phone and report it.

"Thankfully East Devon remains a relatively low crime area, but at this time of the year the opportunist thief will be at work and somebody's Christmas could be made very unhappy.

"We can all help to deter would-be thieves from causing misery to some unfortunate people.

"By using a fair degree of common sense and by taking simple precautions, the following will make life more difficult for them."

The East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership has issued the flowing guidelines:

At home:

* Do your best to make your home look occupied if you are away for the Christmas period. For example, allow a neighbour to put their car in your driveway or have some internal lights on a timer.

* Do tell your trusted friends and neighbours that you are away.

* Don't open doors to unidentified callers. If you are unsure about a caller, summon the

assistance of a suitable friend or neighbour to help you.

* Don't make the presents under the Christmas tree too visible.

* Do keep doors and windows secured.

* Don't leave large amounts of cash at home. It is easy to forget about this both before and

after Christmas.

* Do shred all personal data before disposing of it.

In the car:

* Do lock presents and valuables in the boot of the car, out of sight.

* During the hours of darkness, do park in well lit areas. Don't park in secluded or badly lit

places.

* Don't leave vehicles insecure or unlocked.

* Don't keep cheque books, cheque or credit cards in the glove compartment.

* Remove all trace of Sat Nav systems and accessories when vehicle is unattended.


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