This message has been issued by Harrow Crime Prevention Panel – December 2008
Just to remind that Christmas does provide more opportunities for thieves, therefore a need to take extra care to have a secure and safer festive season by following simple steps, like:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â When you go out, make sure you leave a light on in your home.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Wait until Christmas eve before putting presents under the Christmas tree and donâ€™t advertise the purchase of expensive presents by leaving empty boxes outside your home.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Park your car at a secure place and donâ€™t leave presents you just bought in your car.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Keep your handbag and wallet safe â€“ be careful in crowded streets or stores. Wear your bag across your body, so that it opens on the side facing you. Never leave a purse in the top of an open bag and never leave your bag unattended. If you use a motorised scooter or wheelchair, keep your valuables in front of you, rather than behind you on the back of the chair.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Keep your identity and personal information safe â€“ use well known and reliable mail order outlets if shopping through the internet.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Donâ€™t throw away entire bills, receipts, card slips, bank statements or even junk mail in your name.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â If you attend an office party or go out for a night, be aware of hidden dangers. Never accept a drink from someone you donâ€™t know â€“ appoint a drink watcher if you go to toilet or off for a dance.