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Twelve Days Of Christmas

🎄 Our Twelve Days of Christmas tips to keep you safe this Christmas 🎁

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1. Pickpocketing/bag dipping

Lots of people are now out and about Christmas shopping at the moment. We know it can be hectic and stressful, but while you are rushing around, please take care of your belongings and minimise the risk of becoming victim of pickpockets and opportunist thieves!

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2. Theft from cars

If you are out and about shopping, or visiting friends and family to deliver presents or picking up trees, gifts and food – don’t advertise your possessions to thieves by leaving them on display in your car.

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3. Online Fraud 

Lots of people are doing increasing amounts of shopping online. If you don’t fancy the crowds on our local shopping centers and prefer to shop online, then there are some simple ways to ensure you don’t fall foul of the online scammers! • Check the payment pages are secure - you should be able to see a padlock or unbroken key icon at the top or bottom of your page. • Be aware of scam emails, calls, texts and posts • Keep your password safe and use different passwords on each account.

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4. Burglary

Christmas and New Year are a busy time, with many of us out shopping, enjoying carol services, festive events and Christmas parties. Lots of people are also away from home visiting relatives (some of us are also at work). So if you are out, make sure you are taking some simple measures to keep your home safe as not all burglars are as hapless as Harry and Merv’ and we don’t recommend you leave your children “Home Alone”.

  • Light up your house - a well-lit home gives the impression someone is in.
  • Lock up - keep windows and doors locked and ensure gates and side entrances are secured.
  • Don’t leave car keys or valuables near windows, doors or letterboxes where burglars can reach through and steal them
  • You can mark your valuables and register them at www.immobilise.com – this will improve the chance of getting them back if they are lost or stolen
  • Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under a door mat or in a flower pot - a thief will look there first.

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5. Personal Safety

We want everyone to have a wonderful time, but we want you to be safe. So please take the time to read our top personal safety tips before you go out and party.

  • Plan how you are getting home. Nominate a designated driver who isn’t drinking and can get you home safely or book a taxi in advance.
  • Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know.
  • Make sure you keep your bag, wallet and other belongings safe when you are out.
  • Make sure you have enough battery and credit left on your phone at the end of the night to make any calls to let someone know where you are or to call for a taxi.

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6. On the Roads

On December 1st we launched our annual Christmas drink/drug driving campaign. By targeting drink and drug driving, we aim to help reduce deaths, serious injuries and crime on the roads. If you suspect someone is drink driving please call us immediately on 999 or you can text us details of the driver to 07400 279101 starting the text with the word “DRUNK”.

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7. Domestic Abuse

Whilst Christmas for some is “the most wonderful time of the year”, for others it can be extremely stressful, isolating and lonely. Historically we have always seen a rise in calls reporting domestic abuse over the festive season.  We don’t want anyone to suffer abuse be that physical, mental or emotional. We are here to help 24hours a day, 365 days a year - even Christmas day!

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8. Vulnerability

Christmas is the perfect time to say hello and make a difference to people in our communities who may be feeling isolated or vulnerable. Not only will it reduce loneliness but it can reduce the likelihood of people becoming victims of crime. Here are 5 ideas that start with “Hello”

  • Smile and chat to your neighbours, particularly if they live alone – regardless of their age
  • Say hello to elderly people who you might regularly see out and about shopping in the area, ask if they want a hand
  • Take part in an event in your community
  • Help volunteer at event being held over Christmas in your community
  • Going for a glass if festive cheer at the local pub? Chat to new people in the bar and get to know other locals

The value of reaching out is just as valuable to you as the person you reach out to! Communities are safer and stronger if we all work together.

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9. Shed breaks

When protecting your home, it is not just the house itself you have to think about. Reports of thefts from gardens, outbuildings, sheds and garages, are an issue too – particularly in rural areas. By increasing the security of your garden, not only can you reduce theft and burglary to your outbuildings, you can also help to minimise the risk of forced entry to your house.

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10.  On your bike!

Lots of people will have received shiny new bikes from Father Christmas this year and in our efforts to be green and maybe shift a few of the additional pounds put on over the festive season , lots of us will be taking to the roads on two wheels over the coming months. Bikes can be extremely attractive to thieves and we don’t want you to lose your nice new Christmas present, so please ensure it is fully secured, make a record of the serial number and register it online with BikeRegister or immobilise.com

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11.  Electrical and personal items

Lots of people will get new phones, computers and tablets for Christmas. Whilst you are working out how many apps you can download in 60 seconds or for the older or less tech’ savvy among us, how to switch it on….please take some time to think about keeping your property safe.  Portable electrical items, particularly if they are the latest release, are very attractive to thieves.

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12.  Personal safety online 

Last January we polled people to see how safe they felt on line. The survey showed that more than a third (39%) of the people were most worried about online banking, in terms of fraud and security; 33% were concerned about shopping online; social media was a top concern for 21%; and 7% were most worried about online dating.

We have seen a rise on online crime in the last ten years as technology and the social media landscape has developed and changed, but there are some really simple things you can do to protect yourselves.  So, this year, if you haven’t got a New Year’s resolution yet, why not make it to tighten your security online?

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