Don't encourage window shopping!Photograph of a crime prevention postcard


Have a safe and happy Christmas – that’s the latest message from North Wales Police.


With the festive season now upon us, now is a good time to remind people to take extra steps to ensure your Christmas isn’t ruined by criminals.


Keep yourself and your property safe throughout the festive season by following some simple crime prevention advice:


Home security


• Leaving presents under the tree in full view from the outside can attract the attention of thieves – keep them out of sight until Christmas Day


• If you are storing larger items such as bikes in the garden shed, ensure the door is locked and the bikes are locked to a secure item


• Make a note of the frame numbers of new cycles and the serial numbers of new electrical equipment for future reference. Also, mark valuables with your house number and postcode


• Leave a light on a timer if you’re going away for Christmas or if you’re out for the evening


• Remember - empty boxes left outside advertise that you have new goods inside – dispose of packaging carefully


Out shopping


• Don’t leave handbags on unattended trolleys or pushchairs


• Wear bag straps across your body and ensure the zip is closed


• Keep purses / wallets close to your body and don’t carry too much cash


• Be aware of who is around you at cash pointsPhotograph of a crime prevention postcard


Protect your vehicle


• Never leave anything on display inside your vehicle


• Keep all windows and doors locked


• Park in a garage if you’ve got one at home


• When out and about, park in a well-lit open area.


Further information regarding keeping your home, property and vehicle secure is available via our Advice and Support section.