Thieves are more active in the run up to Christmas

Thieves are more active in the run up to Christmas, criminals will be on the lookout for any opportunity to help themselves to valuables, so make sure they are not yours.

Out Shopping

  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Keep your handbag shut
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • Make sure no one can see your PIN number as you type it into a cash machine
  • If you think a cash machine has been tampered with report it straightaway
  • Use a credit/bank card contactless protector

 

At Home

  • Lock doors and windows
  • Keep presents out of sight
  • Don’t leave car keys or handbags near doors or windows
  • If you are going away cancel any deliveries and use a timer to switch lights on and off
  • Don’t open the door to unexpected callers , use a door chain and check first
  • Don’t keep large quantities of cash at home

 

Your Car

  • Keep presents and other valuables out of sight
  • Remove portable Sat Navs from your car and clean the windscreen of suction marks
  • Never leave keys in the ignition, even for the briefest of moments
  • Park in well-lit supervised car parks

 

Out and About

  • Make sure you do not drink too much and leave yourself at risk
  • Drinking and driving do not mix  – nominate a driver if going out in a group or get a licensed taxi home
  • Make sure your drink isn’t tampered with – don’t leave your drink unattended
  • If you are offered a high value product at a bargain price it may be stolen or not the real thing – don’t part with your money unless you are sure the source is genuine.

 

How and when to contact Kent Police

  • If there is a threat to life or public safety, or a crime may be in progress dial 999
  • To report a crime other than a crime in progress call 101
  • Or alternatively to report a crime other than a crime in progress go to www.kent.police.uk/report to report your crime on line.
  • Alternatively on the Kent Police Website there is now a ‘pop-up’ box that appears to speak to an adviser via online chat service. This is a new application but allows one-to-one text contact with an adviser to report crime or if you are seeking any advice.

 Stay SAFE……but take care not to let thieves spoil your celebrations