Don’t gift your presents to thieves this Christmas Date published: 21st December 2015 10.09am

Many of us will wake up on Christmas morning with the latest gadgets under our tree, as well as a mixture of other lovely gifts that have been delivered by St Nick.

Whilst we’re all enjoying the gifts we’ve received, it’s handy to have some crime prevention advice and remain safety conscious so we don’t fall foul of opportunistic thieves.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said, “Here at Cheshire Police we wish you all a merry Christmas and I want to reiterate that we’re here for you over the festive period. There are a few simple safety precautions you can adopt to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of crime or advertising your new gifts to thieves. However, if you do need us call us on 101 or 999.”

Safety advice from Cheshire Police includes:

  • Don’t advertise your new gifts to thieves. Don’t leave boxes for high value items outside your front door.
  • Remain internet safe. If you’re setting up tablets, computers, laptops, smart phones, keep all of your passwords secure. Don’t click on links from people/places that you don’t know.
  • If you’re out visiting family and friends don’t leave gifts in full view of the window under the Christmas tree. You don’t want to encourage thieves to window shop.

More safety tips can be found on the Constabulary website. Online safety information can be found on www.getsafeonline.org