Police warning over security issues

SUFFOLK police are today reminding residents to take crime prevention measures over the festive period to keep their valuables safe.

SUFFOLK police are today reminding residents to take crime prevention measures over the festive period to keep their valuables safe.

With stories every year about families having their Christmas presents stolen, the police have issued some simple measures to reduce the chances of this happening. These include not leaving shopping bags of presents in view in cars and not leaving presents, especially expensive ones, under the Christmas tree where they can be seen through a window.

People can register their valuable Christmas presents at an online database (www.Immobilise.com). The serial number can be registered, which will help keep property safe and reunite stolen items with their rightful owners.

Inspector Ben Cook from the crime reduction department stresses the importance of being careful this Christmas.


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He said: “Only place the packaging of gifts outside your property on the morning of your rubbish collection to avoid advertising what valuable items you have.

“Residents should ensure they have some lights on timers during the darker evenings. Do not give thieves any opportunity to ruin Christmas.”

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All valuables, such as keys, wallets, mobile phones and laptops, should also be kept out of sight and residents should lock doors and windows even when inside the property.

If you see crime being committed or see anyone acting suspiciously, dial 999 immediately. You can assist the police by getting a good description of the people involved and by noting down the registration of any suspicious vehicles.

For further crime prevention advice contact your local Crime Reduction Officer on 01473 613500.

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