Crime PreventionPark your car in a well-lit car park, preferably one that’s attended or displays the Park Mark logo.

Before you leave your car, ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked and avoid leaving your purchases and presents in your vehicle. If you do leave items in the car, make sure they are not on display.

Make sure your handbag is closed or your wallet is in an inside pocket as you move around to reduce temptation from a pick-pocket.

Don’t leave a bag unattended in a trolley, even if only for a couple of seconds.

Keep your PIN for bank cards confidential. When entering your PIN at a terminal, ensure no one can see you.

Try to pay for items on a debit card rather than carrying large amounts of cash. Alternatively, keep the amount you carry to a minimum.

Think about the item you are buying someone. Are there any security products you could purchase to help them keep them safe and secure, i.e. if buying a bike, think about also giving a decent “D” lock.

AT CASH POINTS

If you see someone suspicious hanging around, cancel the transaction and use another cash point.

Before inserting your card, have a look at the machine to check that it looks normal.

When entering your PIN, make sure others around cannot see.

Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, only withdraw what you reasonably need.

Put your money and your cards away safely before leaving the machine.

AT HOME

Leave it until the last minute to put Christmas presents out under the tree and don’t leave them in view of a window.

If you are buying or receiving valuable gifts such as bikes, mobiles or electrical items, register them for free at www.immobilise.com. Doing this can assist the police in returning your property should it be lost or stolen.

Refrain from keeping large amounts of cash at home.

A secure home will reduce the chance of a burglary. Make sure windows and doors are locked and remove keys from sight every time you leave the house.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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