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Unwanted Christmas Visitors

Nothing to do with weird uncle Bernard who makes noises that are really quite wrong or auntie Mildred who kisses you on the lips whilst holding you in a head lock…..and breath, no this is a warning from the South Yorkshire police reminding us to use a little extra common sense on security over Christmas. There are bad lads, and even lasses afoot. Here are their recommendations:

Don’t send an open invitation to burglars.

    1. Always ensure your doors and windows are locked, even if you’re just in the next room.
    2. Keep presents hidden until Christmas Eve.
    3. Review your homes security and update locks if necessary. Review www.southyorks.police.uk/dontmakeiteasy
    4. If you have a burglar alarm make sure you use if when you go to bed or leaving you home.
    5. Use a timer or sensor switches on your lights when you are out to make it look like someone is at home.
    6. Use a UV or permanent marker to mark your property. Mark your valuables with your post code, house number or name, then register them on www.immobilise.com to increase the chances of getting them back if they are lost or stolen.
    7. Dispose of boxes and rubbish discreetly. Leaving boxes outside will signal to burglars that you have new and valuable items in the house.
    8. Be cautious when using social media. Don’t advertise that your home is empty by telling people that you’re away, or add comments and photos of you on holiday.
    9. Call the police on 999 if you see any suspicious behaviour.

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