Issued by North Yorkshire Police
At this time of year, opportunistic thieves are on the lookout for insecure vehicles and properties which are filled with expensive Christmas presents.
Officers are keen to warn shoppers that leaving cars unlocked or items on view is an open invitation to thieves.
Just by taking some simple security steps, you can avoid a miserable Christmas and keep thieves at bay.
Always park in well lit areas, lock the doors, close the windows and sunroof, and activate the alarm if you have one.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Andrea Kell, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Being a victim of crime at this time of year can really ruin your Christmas, especially if all the presents you have bought for your family and friends are stolen.
“Many thefts are avoidable and occur because cars or homes have been left insecure. This is a dream come true for thieves who relish a gift like an open window or an unlocked door.
“Don’t let criminals enjoy Christmas at your expense and ensure you take the proper security measures to keep them out.”
It is also important for trades people to be security conscious as tools are attractive items for thieves.
Don’t leave tools in your van overnight or on display while your vehicle is unattended.
For more vehicle security tips, visit the Car crime section of our website.
If you see any suspicious activity around cars or homes in your area, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and pass information to the Force Control Room.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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