Don’t be a victim of crime this Christmas

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With Christmas almost upon us police are reminding people to keep their properties secure to ensure the festive season isn’t ruined by criminals.

The appeal is being made following a spate of burglaries across North Wales, whereby items such as jewellery, cash and electronic smart devices have been stolen.

 

Officers are urging people to keep their property safe throughout the festive season by following some simple crime prevention advice.

 

Windows and doors should always be locked, even if you are just popping out for a short while. Keep any gifts that are in full view under the tree out of sight until the big day. If you are going away for Christmas or even going out for the evening leave a light on a timer.

 

Police are also urging residents to be on the look-out for cold callers and to report any suspicious behaviour.

 

Look out for any elderly or vulnerable neighbours who may be targeted by cold callers and rogue traders in the run-up to Christmas.

 

Gifts such as smartphones, tablets and game consoles will also be on the wish list of thieves this Christmas so please ensure you download appropriate apps such as Find my iPhone to ensure you have the best possible chance of retrieving the items if they are stolen.

 

Detective Chief Inspector Jason Devonport said: “We are keen to raise awareness of this crime type at this time of year, and encourage communities to safeguard their properties and those of their neighbours.

 

“We are keen to receive any information about these types of offences, especially those who commit and then dispose of stolen property.”

 

Further advice on how to keep yourself, your property and your vehicle secure please visit the North Wales Police website.

 

Anybody who may have information regarding the recent spate of burglaries is asked to contact officers at St Asaph or Wrexham CID on 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.