Friday, 10 December 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Friday 10 December 2010.

At this time of year is it worth considering some simple ways that may stop you become a victim of opportunist criminals:-
  • If you return to your home after dark, consider using a timer light to make your home look occupied - even when you are out.
  • Do not leave wrapped Christmas presents under the tree that can be seen from outside your property.
  • Whilst out shopping, do not return to your vehicle, unload your shopping and then return to the shops. This may tempt a thief to investigate your shopping in your boot!
  • If you are staying away over the Christmas period, leave your contact details with a trusted neighbour - ask them to pop in and make sure post is not stacking up at the front door, ensure you bin is put out and brought back in again on the correct day and maybe even park a car on your driveway?
  • If you are 'treating' yourselves or family to new computer or electrical items, be careful of how you dispose of the packaging. Recycle the boxes if necessary, but do not leave them out on bin day - this just advertises your new property to any opportunist burglar.
  • On cold days do not leave your car running and unattended whilst it is defrosting. If it is taking with the keys left in it (and some already have been) your insurance company are unlikely to pay out and you will be left footing the bill.
  • Make sure any suspicious activity is reported immediately to the Police. We really want the call when you see it and not several days later. If in doubt, make the call and let the officer decide what action needs to be taken. Non emergency calls can be made on 0845 8 505 505, but if a crime is in progress dial on 999.

It's all common sense stuff but it really could help to make your Christmas a happy one and help ensure it is not a prosperous one for the criminals.