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Festive warning to people of Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 09:51 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 05 July 2010

CRIME Reduction Officers have issued a warning to people in Lowestoft to look after your presents this Christmas.

Suffolk police are reminding all residents of the crime prevention measures needed to keep festive gifts and valuables safe and secure over the next few weeks.

CRIME Reduction Officers have issued a warning to people in Lowestoft to look after your presents this Christmas.

Suffolk police are reminding all residents of the crime prevention measures needed to keep festive gifts and valuables safe and secure over the next few weeks.

Unfortunately, each year there are saddening stories of families who have had their Christmas presents stolen, but with some simple measures the chances of this happening can be greatly reduced.

When shopping, do not leave bags of presents in view in cars. The police also suggest that presents, especially expensive ones, are not left under the Christmas tree where they can be seen through a window.

Police are also reminding people they can register their valuable Christmas presents with www.Immobilise.com

Almost any item with a serial number can be registered with the online database, which helps keep property safe and reunite stolen items with their rightful owners.

Insp. Ben Cook from the Crime Reduction Department stresses the importance of being careful this Christmas.

“Only place the packaging of gifts outside your property on the morning of your rubbish collection to avoid advertising what valuable items you have,” he said.

“Residents should ensure they have some lights on timers during the darker evenings.”

These messages extend beyond just Christmas presents. Remember to keep all valuables such as keys, wallets, mobile phones and laptops out of sight and lock doors and windows even when inside your property. Do not give thieves any opportunity to ruin Christmas.

If you see crime being committed or see anyone acting suspiciously, dial 999 immediately. You can assist the police by getting a good description of the people involved and by noting down the registration of any suspicious vehicles.

For further crime prevention advice contact your local Crime Reduction Officer on 01473 613500.

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