Don't let thieves steal your Christmas


Cumbria Constabulary has launched its annual campaign to help you keep your property safe and reduce burglary and theft in the lead up to Christmas. For details of the press release announcing the launch click here.

“Don’t let thieves steal your Christmas” campaign will run this December, with information and advice to help you protect your property and possessions.

Cumbria Constabulary will continue to help protect residents from becoming victims of a crime and step up their efforts to deter offenders and raise awareness of the steps that residents should take to protect their homes and Christmas presents over the festive period. Thieves can target houses with Christmas presents on view so we would urge everyone to be vigilant – don’t let thieves steal your Christmas. See our tips below to help protect your valuables, car, and house.


Top tips to keep your valuables safe:

• Keep wallets, purses, mobile phones and iPods out of sight and bags secure, especially in crowded places.
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, and be vigilant when drawing money from ATMs.
• Keep your PIN number safe, do not disclose to anyone or carry with your card.

Top tips to keep your car safe:

• Park in a busy, well lit area or secure car park if possible.
• Close windows, sunroof, lock doors & activate security alarms when leaving your car.
• Do not leave valuables or shopping on display in your car.
• Take valuables with you when you leave your car, eg: cash, credit cards, mobile phones, sat nav systems etc.
• If you have no choice, make sure valuables and shopping are locked in the boot; taking care no-one is watching you.
• On cold days, don’t leave your car unattended with the engine running while it warms up.

Top tips to keep your house safe:

• Keep gifts, cash & valuables safe and well hidden so they can’t be seen or reached by thieves.
• Lock doors & windows before you go out.
• Leave a light on in a room & draw curtains when you go out at night.
• Postcode your valuables with a UV pen.
• Cancel newspapers, milk etc when you go on holiday.
• Look out for your neighbours property.
• Make sure callers to your home are genuine, always ask for ID.

For Shops and Businesses:

Police are warning shops to be vigilant about shoplifters during the busy run up to Christmas.
For the last two years shoplifting crime figures have increased throughout November and December, with the top two weeks in the year for shoplifting occuring during these two months.

Select Here to read the full Press Release: "Police warn businesses to not let "thieves spoil their Christmas."

For more information or advice on home security, or to report any suspicious activity to a police officer please contact a member of your local policing team on 101. If you witness a crime in action, always dial 999.


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