How to stop thieves ruining your Christmas – top tips from police

Police are reminding people not to let thieves ruin Christmas. They have offered simple advice to deter crooks and protect presents and other valuables in the run-up to the big day.

PSCO Chris Bolsover, of Axminster Police, says cars should be secured and presents removed – particularly when you are out Christmas shopping.

He is urging motorists to:

  • Always lock your vehicle
  • Close vehicle doors and windows
  • Never leave valuables or Christmas presents (wrapped or unwrapped) in your vehicle
  • Park in a safe and well-lit area

Householders are being encouraged to:

  • Keep doors and windows secure at all times
  • Keep presents and valuables out of view from outside
  • Don’t leave packaging of expensive items outside your home where it can be seen before refuse collection
  • Property mark and register your valuable presents and property at  dc.police.uk/marking

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