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Home security at Christmas

posted 18 Dec 2008, 12:52 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 18 Dec 2008, 12:54 ]

Additional household security advice.

Lothian and Borders Police are advising people to take additional household security precautions over the festive season, as Christmas gifts are a traditional temptation for burglars.

Police advice includes:
  • Lock all doors and windows every time you leave the house, and at night.
  • Be wary about leaving presents under the tree, especially if you live on the ground floor, as this can tempt opportunist thieves.
  • Put lights on timer switches to give the impression someone is at home, because most housebreaking crimes take place after dark.

Chief Superintendent Gillian Wood, said:

'Christmas is traditionally the season of goodwill. However, the fact people store brand new gifts in their houses means they should pay additional attention to their household security.

She continued, 'By taking basic safety measures, householders can cut their chances being targeted by opportunist thieves, and keep their Christmas as merry as possible.'

If you see or hear anything suspicious in your area, call the police on 0131 311 3131

Source: Lothian & Borders Police