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Calverton Echo Column - December 2015

Posted: Tuesday 1st December 2015

Help police keep crime at bay this Christmas

The countdown to Christmas has already begun and the next few weeks will see our busy towns and city packed with festive shoppers and partygoers. The festive season is one of the most demanding as far as blue light services are concerned and while the vast majority of people are sensible about their celebration activity and take their personal security seriously, there are others who are not so cautious and leave themselves vulnerable to crime.

Unfortunately, the rewards of Christmas are felt by criminals as well as hard-working individuals and families and over the next few weeks I will be helping Nottinghamshire’s police officers deliver a ‘stay safe’ message that encourages residents to keep themselves, their valuables and their properties safe during the festive season.

As homes and retail premises become crammed with expensive gifts and merchandise, shoplifters and burglars are rubbing their hands with glee at the potential value of the catch – don’t extend your festive generosity to thieves with an open invitation for crime.

Christmas shopping, festive partying and leaving your home unattended all carry all carry risks and it’s about managing that risk to reduce the appeal of your home, your car or your property to offenders.

When out Christmas shopping, for example, don’t store your new purchases on the back seat or somewhere visible within the car. If at all possible, collect your items at the end of your shopping trip to save you from storing them in the car at all. Park in a well-lit, attended car park if possible, and make sure all windows and doors are locked before leaving your vehicle.

It’s never advisable to leave valuables in the glove compartment such as phones, cards or cash or your keys in the ignition while you pack up the boot – an unattended car can be stolen in minutes.

Simple home security measures can protect your property when you’re both in and away from home. Don’t display Christmas presents under the tree until the last minute, for instance, and avoid leaving them in view of a window. Don’t leave large packaging or boxes which advertise the contents of your home outside.

If you’re going away, use timer switches on lights to make it look like somebody is home and leave a radio on. If you have a burglar alarm, use it and if you don’t, consider fitting one – a fully activated visible alarm can deter criminals.     

Nottinghamshire’s police officers and staff work around the clock at Christmas to keep local people safe, many forgoing their own festive celebration to protect the public. You can help make their work easier by drinking sensibly on a night out, protecting your valuables and ensuring you have safe transport home, leaving 999 available for other life-threatening emergencies. 

 

Paddy Tipping
Police and Crime Commissioner

 

Help police keep crime at bay this Christmas

The countdown to Christmas has already begun and the next few weeks will see our busy towns and city packed with festive shoppers and partygoers. The festive season is one of the most demanding as far as blue light services are concerned and while the vast majority of people are sensible about their celebration activity and take their personal security seriously, there are others who are not so cautious and leave themselves vulnerable to crime.

Unfortunately, the rewards of Christmas are felt by criminals as well as hard-working individuals and families and over the next few weeks I will be helping Nottinghamshire’s police officers deliver a ‘stay safe’ message that encourages residents to keep themselves, their valuables and their properties safe during the festive season.

As homes and retail premises become crammed with expensive gifts and merchandise, shoplifters and burglars are rubbing their hands with glee at the potential value of the catch – don’t extend your festive generosity to thieves with an open invitation for crime.

Christmas shopping, festive partying and leaving your home unattended all carry all carry risks and it’s about managing that risk to reduce the appeal of your home, your car or your property to offenders.

When out Christmas shopping, for example, don’t store your new purchases on the back seat or somewhere visible within the car. If at all possible, collect your items at the end of your shopping trip to save you from storing them in the car at all. Park in a well-lit, attended car park if possible, and make sure all windows and doors are locked before leaving your vehicle.

It’s never advisable to leave valuables in the glove compartment such as phones, cards or cash or your keys in the ignition while you pack up the boot – an unattended car can be stolen in minutes.

Simple home security measures can protect your property when you’re both in and away from home. Don’t display Christmas presents under the tree until the last minute, for instance, and avoid leaving them in view of a window. Don’t leave large packaging or boxes which advertise the contents of your home outside.

If you’re going away, use timer switches on lights to make it look like somebody is home and leave a radio on. If you have a burglar alarm, use it and if you don’t, consider fitting one – a fully activated visible alarm can deter criminals.     

Nottinghamshire’s police officers and staff work around the clock at Christmas to keep local people safe, many forgoing their own festive celebration to protect the public. You can help make their work easier by drinking sensibly on a night out, protecting your valuables and ensuring you have safe transport home, leaving 999 available for other life-threatening emergencies. 

 

 
 
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