POLICE in Banbridge wish all residents a safe and Happy Christmas and are reminding the public to take appropriate steps to keep themselves and their property secure.
Operation Season’s Greetings will see an increased police presence throughout the area to help create a safe environment and deter and detect criminals who seek to exploit the busy, festive season.
The public should also do what they can to deter criminals.
In the run up to Christmas more people are out and about shopping and buying presents and no one wants the festive season to be ruined by thieves and criminals.
Motorists should always make sure their vehicle is properly locked and secured, even if leaving it for a very short time.
Do not leave purchases or shopping bags on display in your car. If a thief sees something of value sitting in your car then they will break in to get it.
Simple precautions such as closing the windows and locking the doors of your vehicle and locking valuable items in the boot of your car, or removing the face plate from your in-car stereo system can help ensure that your valuables will be kept safe.
Improved car security features such as alarms, immobilisers and tracking devices can also help protect your vehicle and your valuables.
There are also steps you can take to protect your home.
Operation season’s greetings will focus on burglary as a priority and actively target prolific burglars.
Householders should make it as difficult as possible for burglars to target their home and property. Thieves are well aware that houses will be laden with presents and electrical goods at this time of the year so it is important to keep these items well out of sight and properly concealed.
All valuables including jewellery should be indelibly marked with the house number and post code so that items will be more difficult to sell. Jewellery should be properly valued and itemised for insurance purposes, photographed against ruler for easy identification and placed in a safe, secured to the fabric of the building.
Ensure all windows and doors are locked and keep presents out of view. When the house is empty use timer switches to activate lights, TV or radio, avoid carrying cash, never walk home alone and always use the Quick Check Scheme to verify a callers identity 0800 013 22 90.
By working together we can provide a happy Christmas for everyone.