This week towns and cities across the county are getting into the festive spirit, and beginning to switch on their Christmas lights.
Whilst our streets are going to be lit up like Christmas trees, our homes may not. Now that the clocks have gone back an hour, many of us are leaving and arriving home from work in the dark. This means that our homes are often left in darkness, luring opportunistic thieves to see what goodies we have inside.
This week Cheshire Police are launching their Blue Christmas campaign reminding people to remain safety concious over the festive period.
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer said,
“The majority of people will enjoy the Christmas period with their family and friends sensibly. Unfortunately there are a small number of people who use the festive season as an opportunity to commit crimes and behave inappropriately. I’d urge everyone to remember simple crime prevention advice to keep your homes safe and secure.”
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said,
“We recognise that Christmas is a time to have fun, and we’re here to support our communities to ensure that everyone is able to have a safe and enjoyable time throughout the holiday period.
“I want to send out a clear message to anyone planning to go out in Cheshire and commit crime or act in an unacceptable way that your behaviour will not be tolerated. We’re here for you working over Christmas to stop the festivities turning blue.”
Some safety tips to deter opportunistic thieves include:
- Have your lights on timer switches, ensuring lights come on as the dark nights draw in.
- Keep keys away from letter boxes to stop burglars ‘fishing’ for them and letting themselves into the property.
- Make sure doors and windows are shut and locked, even when you’re at home.
- Don’t leave valuables on display. Remember ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
Further information is available on the home safety and security advice section of our website.