Christmas crime prevention advice
- Protecting your car
- Protecting your home
- Protecting your property
- Passing stolen goods
Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, including the criminal. We know, however, that a high percentage of crime is opportunistic, and can be prevented by taking some simple precautions.
Donít let the criminal enjoy Christmas at your expense.
Top tips for a crime free Christmas
- Donít leave presents in full view on the back seat when out shopping. These can be tempting to thieves. Lock them away out of sight in the boot.
- Always lock your car and make sure windows are closed, even if youíre away from your vehicle for just a few minutes. Use a steering lock if possible.
- Never leave your keys in the ignition whilst your vehicle is unattended, even for a few minutes. Opportunistic thieves will often steal cars that have been left with the engine running to defrost the windows.
- Donít leave any valuables in the glove compartment. Take bank cards, mobile phones and satellite navigation systems with you. These items are on a car thievesí shopping list.
- Make sure you park in a well lit area or in an attended car park. Look out for the Park Mark award logo for safer parking
- Keep doors and windows locked at all times, even when you are in the house.
- Keep presents out of sight. Large piles of gift wrapped goodies under the tree that are visible through a door or window are tempting to thieves.
- Donít leave empty boxes on display outside. Discarded packaging advertises all the new goods you have indoors.
- Donít leave car keys and handbags lying around on display.
- Make it look like someone is at home when youíre going out for the evening. Leave lights on and close the curtains. If you have a burglar alarm, set it.
- If youíre going on holiday over the festive period, ask a friend, relative or neighbour to keep an eye on your house.
- Make sure all valuable property is marked. You can either postcode mark your property with an ultra violet pen, or use a forensic marking solution such as Smartwater.
- Register bike frame numbers, mobile phone IMEI numbers and other identifying details on Immobilise, the free, national property registration scheme.
The police recover hundreds of stolen items every year, and itís much easier to prove that an item is stolen and return it to the rightful owner if itís been registered with Immobilise or security marked.
- Donít carry large amounts of cash on you when you go out. Be alert, and make sure your purse or wallet is secure and hidden from view.
- Donít keep your chequebook and card together. Keep your PIN confidential and donít write it down.
- Check that your home insurance adequately covers you for the value of goods in your home.
Passing stolen goods
You can make it difficult for criminals to operate by not purchasing stolen property. If you are offered a quality product at a bargain price ensure that the source is genuine.