December 23, 2010
to keep opportunistic burglars at bay this Christmas
are reminding people in the Burnham-On-Sea area of some simple
crime prevention tips to help ensure they have a crime-free Christmas.
Before heading off to visit relatives and friends, police are
encouraging residents to take a moment to make sure their homes
are safe and secure to avoid opportunistic burglars.
Tony Alderman from the force's Community Safety and Crime Reduction
department, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "If you plan to go away
for a winter break, ensure your home is left secure, windows and
doors are locked and alarms set. It sounds simple, but one-in-four
home burglaries occur after the householder fails to secure their
"Consider using timer settings to operate lights and a radio
so that would-be burglars believe the house is occupied. If you
have them, make sure any PIR motion sensor outdoor lights are
"I would also suggest you make sure ladders and tools are
out of sight and secured they could help an opportunist
burglar gain entry to your property and not to leave presents
under the tree, especially if curtains are left open and lights
left on. This is a big temptation to the opportunist burglar."
"If you have a trusted neighbour, let them know you are
going away and ask if they can come and draw the curtains and
keep an eye of the property."
"Call the police on the 999 number if you see anyone acting
suspiciously in your street, especially if they are hanging around
a house which you know is empty."
"After Christmas, ensure packaging especially boxes
for expensive electronic gifts are not left out for refuse
collectors to act as an 'advert' for would-be criminals. Boxes
should be broken down and bagged and receipts shredded before
being disposed of."