Police advice about Christmas crime

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With Christmas fast approaching, Northamptonshire Police are urging residents to be aware of their home security.

The force’s lead on burglary, Detective Inspector Nick Purdie said: “Unfortunately there are people who will freely spoil the festive season for others by breaking into people’s homes to steal Christmas presents.

“The force is working to target burglars and prevent burglaries through Operation Guardian. Residents can help us in the fight against burglaries by taking some steps to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime this Christmas.”

– Keep front and back doors locked at all times and keep keys and valuables out of sight and reach from cat flaps, letter boxes, and downstairs doors and windows.

– If you’re out in the evening make sure you leave a light on and draw the curtains. If it’s dark before you get home, use timer switches to turn on the lights.

– Light up your front door with dusk to dawn lighting; make sure it’s visible from the street.

– Keep Christmas presents out of sight from passers-by.

– When recycling, fold up any cardboard boxes that might advertise your Christmas gifts to thieves.

Detective Inspector Purdie continued: “We are keen to encourage people to be vigilant at this important time of the year and if anyone has any information about crime in their area to call the police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

For more information visit the police’s {http:// www.northants.police.uk/crimeprevention|crime prevention page|Northants Police}.