Christmas time is a prosperous time for burglars – with presents tucked under the tree and a higher chance of residents being out visiting family, down the pub with friends or undertaking last minute shopping, homes can be a treasure trove for thieves.
Unfortunately Trumpington Meadows is not exempt from such criminal activity and as a community we can all take steps to be proactive in reducing crime in our area. Residents are encouraged to contact the local authorities to report suspicious activity and anti-social behaviour.
Call 101 for non-emergency enquiries. Using this number you can report an incident or get help. In an emergency call 999.
More information about the different ways you can contact Cambridgeshire Constabulary can be accessed using the following link:
Top tips for keeping your home safe at Christmas
Don’t leave gifts on show
It’s always nice to see presents under the tree but if the tree is near a window, the gifts offer would-be burglars with a tempting invite. If you do keep presents under the tree, try to keep them out of sight from the window. Leaving something in a branded bag can give a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘window shopping.’
Leave a light on
As it gets dark earlier, thieves have more time to target homes. Keeping lights on when you’re not home makes it harder for them to identify which properties have people still in them. Draw the curtains and set a timer for your lights so that they go on and off in different rooms using energy saving bulbs to suggest that people are in.
Everything must go
Just as you wouldn’t leave a handbag on display in your car while out shopping for gifts or in the sales, don’t advertise any shopping left in the car. Keep more expensive items at the bottom of the boot and ensure that there’s a parcel shelf hiding your bags.
Lock your windows
Always double check that all doors (patio doors especially) and windows are locked before leaving the house.
Online shopping is more and more commonplace – according to Royal Mail, two billion items were delivered over the Christmas period last year. Never give permission for presents delivered to be left outside in a visible place as it provides a clear signal to would-be burglars that nobody is home. Wherever possible, have them delivered somewhere you know they’ll be safe such as a neighbour, relative or workplace.
Don’t leave discarded boxes of expensive items (e.g. TVs, iPads, desktop computers) outside the house after Christmas. They simply advertise what’s been added to your home contents and enable burglars to work out where they should focus their attention.
Although you might be in the Christmas spirit, be as wary as you normally would of visitors you don’t know. A Christmas carol singer might have the voice of an angel but could be a bogus caller, taking the opportunity to scope out your security.
Trumpington Meadows Community would like to wish all residents a safe and joyful holiday season.