DONEGAL GARDAI HELP PUBLIC TO HAVE A SAFE AND CRIME-FREE CHRISTMAS


first_imgTis the season — to be mindful, according to Donegal Crime Prevention officer Sgt Paul Wallace.Sgt Wallace has compiled a list of tips for ensuring that our festive season is not turned into a festive nightmare. The lead in to the busy Christmas period is identified as an ideal opportunity to promote crime prevention and encourage awareness. Although it is the time of the year where the majority of us will practice the tradition of giving gifts, unfortunately the majority of burglars view it very differently and see the festive season as an opportune time to break into a home.To help prevent burglaries from happening over the festive season the Garda Community Relations Bureau would like to share the following tips.Going Away For the Festive Holiday• Avoid discussing any holiday plans or planned Christmas outings on any types of social media or in public where strangers may hear or view details of your absence from home. • Make your home look like someone is living in it.• Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries.• Trusted neighbours and friends may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car in your driveway.• Leave important documents and valuable items with other family members or a bank. Alternatively lock them in a safe.• Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are traveling to your holiday destination. A work address will suffice if you want to label your luggage. • If you normally leave valuable bicycles or similar items in your shed, consider putting them in the house.• Check the locks on any gates or sheds and upgrade/replace if necessary. Make sure anything that can be used by a burglar to gain entry to your property i.e. garden tools are safely locked away.• Make sure that you lock all outside doors and windows and set your house alarm if you have one.At Home • Lock and bolt your doors and windows.• If you used a ladder to put up outside decorations remember to put it away after, preferably in a locked shed. Remember bins and ladders could be used to access first floor windows by a potential burglar.• Remember never leave any presents or valuables where they can be seen by a burglar i.e. in view of a window! Consider putting presents under the Christmas tree early on Christmas morning.• Keep out any unwanted visitors ‐ it is always a good idea to have a door viewer or chain fitted to your front door especially in the holiday season where you are likely to receive more visitors to your home.• Consider fitting exterior lights with sensors in the garden and front of your house. This will help to deter a burglar as they are more confident when working in the dark.• If you are expecting a parcel, make sure someone is there when it is delivered, or ask a neighbour to take it in. Avoid having it left on the door step.• Keep keys, mobile phones, purses, wallets and other valuable items locked away out of sight.• Don’t leave your keys in the door at any time.• Never leave keys in view of the windows or doors.• Once you’ve opened all your gifts, don’t leave the boxes on view outside to advertise your good fortune to criminals.DONEGAL GARDAI HELP PUBLIC TO HAVE A SAFE AND CRIME-FREE CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHristmascrime preventiondonegalSgt Paul Wallacelast_img

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