As it gets darker earlier, use a timer switch to ensure your lights come on when you aren’t at home. Most burglaries happen when a property is empty and leaving a light on is an effective way of deterring burglars.
2. Keep all valuables out of sight.
Don’t make your home a target for thieves – keep your doors and windows locked and keep all your valuables and Christmas presents out of sight. Think about how to dispose of packaging; don’t advertise what expensive presents you received by leaving the packaging displayed in your wheelie bin.
3. Mark your property
Property which is lost or stolen can be returned to its owner quickly if it is property marked. There are many methods of doing this, from using an ultraviolet marking pen to DNA marking systems.
4. Be on your guard against bogus callers.
Don’t let anyone into your house that you are not expecting or who does not have an appointment. Always check identification and call the company if you are unsure. Genuine callers won’t mind. If you are suspicious, report the incident to the police.
5. Keep your car safe.
If you are Christmas shopping, make sure you park in a well-lit car park and lock your car. Never leave any valuables in your car, such as mobiles or satellite navigation systems.
6. Keep yourself safe.
Personal safety is paramount. If you are going out, make sure you have your keys, money, phone and plans to get home. Make sure someone knows what time you will be back.
7. Don’t drink and drive.
Drink or drug driving can be fatal. If you are going out for the evening, stick to soft drinks if you are driving. Nominate a designated driver who can get you all home safely.
8. Alcohol related anti-social behaviour.
We want people have a safe and enjoyable evening out. Please – know your limits.
9. Internet safety.
Safety information on a range of topics from using social networking sites to grooming is available at www.ceop.police.uk