Christmas theft warning

Devon residents are being warned to be vigilant this Christmas and protect their homes against opportunistic burglars.

DEVON residents are being warned to keep their homes under wraps when stocking up this Christmas as part of a new police campaign.

The police are urging people to be vigilant against opportunistic burglars and that any presents on show in their homes can be a target for criminals.

Residents should ensure their doors and windows are locked and secure, and presents and valuables are kept out of sight.

Bob Bunney, Force Crime Reduction Advisor, said: “Burglary in Devon and Cornwall is low compared to other areas of the country but the risk of this type of crime traditionally peaks around Christmas.

“The majority of burglaries are caused by opportunists who steal from homes where windows are left open or doors are left either open or unlocked.

“To avoid the consequences of becoming a victim of crime during this traditionally vulnerable time we would urge everyone to think about the risks and remain vigilant.”

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Gifts and valuables can also be security marked with your postcode and house number.

These items can be registered for free on, which allows police to identify the owner of valuables if they are stolen.

Ensure that boxes and packaging from expensive presents are disposed of carefully and not left on show outside of the house.