only a few weeks to Christmas here are some reminders
to hopefully make your Christmas a safer one.
Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone,
including the criminal. A high percentage of crime is opportunistic
so Cheshire Police are seeking your assistance this Christmas in
preventing this type of crime from happening.
Make sure your card isn’t a gift for pickpockets. When the
shops are crowded they have more chance to steal from you.
Keep your purse or wallet close to your body and never in
your back pocket or the top of a handbag.
Try to pay using a debit card rather than carrying lots of
Always keep your PIN number secret and be aware who is around
when you keying in the PIN or are withdrawing cash from a machine.
Never leave credit or debit receipts lying around – some of
them carry your card details.
Keep cheque books and cheque cards separate and never write
down your PIN number.
Always use a secure and well lit car park and never leave
shopping bags, or anything else, on display in your car.
If you use a remote button to lock the car, check that it has
actually locked the car before leaving it.
Try to plan your evening in advance.
Get your cash out of the
ATM during daylight hours.
Make arrangements to get home safely – check timetables or
programme the number of a reputable taxi firm into your phone.
Use available public transport or pre-book a taxi rather than
Make sure someone knows where you are going and what time
you will be back.
Advise children not to take mobile phones, MP3s
or iPods out in the street on Christmas Day. Others could jump
from behind and steal property.
sure new bicycles are left secure. Never leave cycles on
the front driveway insecure and unattended.
Never carry large
amounts of cash. Children spending Christmas gift money
should not take all their money out in one go.
down PIN numbers or keep them in wallets and handbags
along with bank cards.
Passing stolen goods to the unsuspecting;
If you are offered a quality product at a bargain
price ensure the source in genuine.
Leaving presents under the tree in full view from outside can
attract the attention of thieves – keep them out of sight until
If you store larger items such as bikes in a shed
or outer building make sure they are secure.
Once you’ve opened all your gifts, don’t leave the boxes on
view outside to advertise your good fortune to criminals.
make sure doors and windows are locked. Use timer switches
to bring lights and a radio on when the house is unoccupied especially
in late afternoon.
Keep kitchen outside doors locked even if you are in the house
to prevent sneak in thefts.
As a fire precaution don’t leave Christmas lights on whilst
you are out.
If you go away for Christmas, cancel your milk and newspaper
If you have a burglar
alarm make sure it is in full working order and set before
you go away.
Neighbours may be able to help you by collecting post, opening
and closing curtains and invite them to occasionally
park their car on your drive.
Genuine delivery personnel usually have uniforms and liveried
vehicles and should not need to come into your home.
Only open the door at night after identifying the caller.
Avoid keeping large amounts of cash at home. Use a concealed
safe if you must do so.
If you are taking your car on a Christmas shopping trip use
well lit, secure car parks.
Make sure your vehicle has been prepared for bad weather just
in case it snows or becomes icy over the festive season.
Always close windows, engage steering lock and lock all doors.
Don’t leave anything in your car, remove everything before
you go shopping – including sat nav’s and car stereo’s.
Keep a record of your sat nav equipment serial numbers.
Open the parcel shelf and glove box to show there is nothing
of value left in the vehicle.
Don’t return to your car to leave purchases in the boot
before continuing with your shopping as thieves may watch
Never leave keys in the ignition even for a short period e.g.
whilst popping into a local shop, on the driveway, on garage
When at home keep your car keys hidden and away from doors,
windows and letterboxes. Never leave car keys or handbags downstairs
Have a happy and safe Christmas and a crime free New Year.
Macclesfield Neighbourhood Policing Team 0845 458 6371
Police non-emergency number: 101
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