Christmas crime prevention advice from East Devon Community Safety Partnership

PUBLISHED: 13:50 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:44 15 June 2010

Do your best to make your home look occupied if you are away for the Christmas period.

At Home* Do your best to make your home look occupied if you are away for the Christmas period. For example, allow a neighbour to put their car in your driveway or have some internal lights on a timer.* Do tell your trusted friends and neighbours that you are away.* Don't open doors to unidentified callers. If you are unsure about a caller, summon the assistance of a suitable friend or neighbour to help you. * Don't make the presents under the Christmas tree too visible. * Do keep doors and windows secured.* Don't leave large amounts of cash at home. It is easy to forget about this both before and after Christmas. * Do shred all personal data before disposing of it.In the Car* Do lock presents and valuables in the boot of the car, out of sight. * During the hours of darkness, do park in well lit areas. Don't park in secluded or badly lit places.* Don't leave vehicles insecure or unlocked.* Don't keep cheque books, cheque or credit cards in the glove compartment. * Remove all trace of Sat Nav systems and accessories when vehicle is unattended.If it looks suspicious to you, ring 999.If you see someone acting suspiciously, don't be afraid to ring 999 and tell the Police. Nobody will criticise you if the person or persons you have seen turn out to be genuine, but you won't be thanked by the victim of a crime and by the Police if you haven't bothered to pick up the phone and report it.

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