Take extra care against Christmas thieves, police warn



By Andrew Korner

WORRYING about our material possessions is usually the last thing we want to be doing at Christmas, but Crime Prevention Unit Sergeant-in-charge Nadine Webster said people should be doing more to prevent theft in the coming weeks.

Sgt Webster said thieves would be at work throughout the festive season, so it was important to keep houses and cars secure.

"In the past we have seen increases in theft over the Christmas period," Sgt Webster said.

"We've already seen Christmas lights and garden ornaments stolen from people's front yards this year."

The popular practice of leaving living room Christmas trees with presents underneath in full view of passers-by was an invitation for thieves, Sgt Webster said.

"We've recently seen a number of items stolen from people's front verandas and yards," she said.

"So we would encourage people to put away and secure items inside the house or in a shed.

"Also, don't leave windows and doors unlocked unless you have secure screen doors."

Sgt Webster said home air-conditioning units also created a possible access point for thieves if not secure.

Having newly-acquired valuable items engraved for police identification was a good move. And with cars it was wise not to leave valuable items where they could be easily seen through the windows, Sgt Webster said.



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