Copy of email received Tuesday 7th December, 2010
Put presents under the Christmas tree early on Christmas morning or keep the tree out of view from the window.
Lock and bolt your doors and windows.
If you are expecting a parcel, make sure someone is there when it is delivered, or ask a neighbour to take it in. Avoid having it left on the door step.
Keep keys, mobile phones, purses, wallets and other valuable items out of sight.
Never leave keys in view of the windows or doors.
Once you've opened all your gifts, don't leave the boxes on view outside to advertise your good fortune to criminals.
Out Christmas Shopping
Read some crime prevention advice to help protect yourself when out Christmas shopping.
Remember to take credit and debit receipts with you – some of them carry your card details.
Try to pay using a debit card rather than carrying lots of cash.
Take extra care when using a cashpoint or chip and pin. Don't let anyone see your pin number.
Keep cheque books and cheque cards separate and never write down your pin number.
If you carry a handbag, keep your purse at the bottom.
Never keep your wallet in your back pocket.
Keep your handbag zipped at all times – crowded shopping areas are very popular with pickpockets.
Don't leave any bags, including your handbag, in the shopping trolley while you shop.
Stay alert when using your mobile. It is very easy for someone to snatch it out of your hand.
Always put shopping and parcels in the boot of your car when driving.
Don't return to your car to leave purchases in the boot before continuing with your shopping, as thieves may watch car parks.
Don't leave valuables on the seat of your car - they attract thieves.
Don't leave your house keys in your car.
Have a safe Christmas.
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