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Police give advice to prevent thieves from ruining Christmas

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Police give advice to prevent thieves from ruining Christmas

Devon and Cornwall Police want everyone to have a "fun and festive Christmas", and we want "you all to be able to celebrate safely".

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "We’ve put together some key safety messaging in the run up to the festive period to make sure that you, your family and friends and your belongings are safe.
"Would-be thieves use the goodwill of the Christmas season to target people and their belongings. Follow this advice to deter them:
  • Keep bags and belongings close by when out and about and stay aware of your surroundings
  • Make sure valuables are out of sight and consider holding bags with the fastening inwards
  • Don’t leave gifts or valuables on display inside vehicles, even if you’re just stepping away for a brief moment – it’s surprising just how quickly thieves can target vehicles
  • Always lock your vehicle when you’re not using it
  • If you give or receive a valuable gift this year, make sure they’re out of view of windows and doors
  • Dispose of boxes at recycling centres rather than in the weekly bin collections, as thieves could use this as a reason to target your home.
  • If you’re away over the festive seasons, take some time to make sure doors and windows are locked and consider using timers to switch on lights in the evening
"If you are a victim of crime, you can report it online:
"In an emergency, if life is in danger or a crime is in progress, always call 999.

"In the run up to Christmas, many of us will be getting into the spirit with parties and gatherings. Officers will be on regular high-visibility patrols to make sure you’re able to have a great night out.

"The darker nights can make many of us feel more concerned for our safety, but there is lots of support available. Street pastors and security guards can give you help and guidance, and our officers will always do what they can to assist you – come and say hi if you spot us on patrol.
"So, please – eat, drink and be merry, but don’t let drinking too much ruin your night out.
  • Know your limits, be responsible and look out for one another
  • Stay with your friends and don’t allow anyone to leave a gathering alone, or with someone they don’t know or trust
  • Plan your journey home and make sure your friends get home safely too
"You can find out more about how to have a #SafeChristmas on our website:
"And remember, we’re always here if you need us – 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, even on Christmas day. If you need us we’re here. Just go online to or call 101."

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