Suffolk Police issue home security advice to make sure Santa is the only person sneaking into your home this Christmas
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Suffolk Police has issued some home security advice as homes start to fill up with expensive gifts and gadgets during the festive season.
Officers are urging members of the public to prioritise their home security as part of its #SaferChristmas campaign to ensure that burglars do not take advantage of our festive generosity.
According to figures from the last four years, thieves also take a day off on Christmas Day. However, statistically, the worst days for break-ins during the festive season are only a few days later on December 29 and 30 as more of us are either back to work or are out enjoying the start-of-season sales. Other peak days for break-ins include January 1 as so many people are out of the house for an extended period of time, and January 3 which coincides with the return to normal routine.
While most thieves force entry into homes, 19pc of burglaries in December and January are because of insecurities – an open or unlocked window or door.
Detective Superintendent Andy Smith said: 'We recommend people use the 'close it, lock it, check it' system for home security, double checking that windows and doors are properly secured to help prevent the risk of burglary.
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'A light on can also be a simple tactic to deter a thief when no one's home and closing the curtains can definitely help. Consider installing alarm systems, CCTV as well as doorbell camera technology to further secure your home.
'It's also best to avoid displaying Christmas presents under the tree until the last possible moment and think carefully about where to put valuables. Ideally, don't group them together as it will make 'shopping' easy for a burglar.'
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Suffolk Police is also reminding members of the public not to advertise their homes are empty on social media by 'checking in' to other places or publicising that they are on holiday.
D/Supt Smith added: 'I would also encourage people to keep an eye on their neighbours' homes, particularly when you know they are on holiday or elderly neighbours who may be vulnerable to bogus callers or rogue traders. Setting up or joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is an excellent way to work together to keep your community safe.'
Officers are also urging anyone doing their Christmas shopping online to be on alert for fraudulent activity.
Suffolk Police works closely with Suffolk County Council's Trading Standards officers to identify scams, rogue traders and unsafe products. For more information on how to keep up to date on activity, visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/JoinTheFight
An A-Z list of crime prevention advice is available on the Suffolk Police website at http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z
If you believe a crime is in progress, call police immediately on 999.