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Police warn over festive thieves

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK Police are warning people about home security over the Christmas in a bid to reduce the misery caused by criminals targeting presents.

Officers said there are some simple precautions which can be taken to deter opportunist burglars, and advise taking a few straightforward measures to protect your home.

SUFFOLK Police are warning people about home security over the Christmas in a bid to reduce the misery caused by criminals targeting presents.

Officers said there are some simple precautions which can be taken to deter opportunist burglars, and advise taking a few straightforward measures to protect your home.

Crime Reduction Officer Pc Steve Barrett says you should view your home like an onion – with many layers of actions you can take to deter the criminal.

"The first layer is the outside perimeter of your property. Make sure any gates, particularly at the back of the house, are closed and secure. The back gate is a favourite point of entry as often this is not in public view.

"Next turn your attention to the garden. You can plant prickly bushes along hedges and use lighting to make this very burglar unfriendly.

"The next layer is the doors and windows of your home. Make sure these are locked and secure even if you are inside- it only takes a moment for a walk-in thief to enter and steal if the opportunity presents itself. Ensure that, if you have window locks, you use them.

"If you are going out consider putting your lights on a timer and tune a radio to a talk station and leave it on – both will give the illusion of the house being occupied and this on its own is often enough to put burglars off.

"Then make sure your valuables are safe. Don't leave jewellery in an obvious place, such as in a dressing table. Hide it away. Don't leave Christmas presents under a tree that is visible through a window and don't put valuable presents on display at all."

Anyone who would like more advice on crime prevention should contact their crime reduction officer via the central switchboard on 01473 613500.


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