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Top Tips for a Crime Free Christmas

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Top Tips for a Crime Free Christmas


 It may be the season of goodwill, but criminals never take a holiday!


So, Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, and the Force’s crime prevention team have drawn up a 12 step plan to help residents protect their homes when going out this Christmas.


And in the run up to Christmas, roadshows across the Force area will be passing out advice as well as handing out popular jingle bells that can be attached to bags or purses to deter pickpockets.


“I want to wish the residents of Cleveland a happy and peaceful festive season and I hope these tips will help protect their homes” said Mr Coppinger.


Force Crime Prevention Officer Gerry McBride says the road shows are a chance for local people to meet with officers and discuss simple steps to take to prevent crime.


“Burglary and car crime usually increase at Christmas, so it’s important to take care. A golden rule is not to drop presents at your car and then return to your shopping trip, as a thief could be watching.  Also, don’t leave items in sight in your car.  A thief seeing a coat on the back seat might think it contains a purse, wallet or other valuables.


Gerry also has a top tip for a stocking filler: “If you’re short of an idea how about a timer switch so when night falls, the lights come on.”


The road shows take place on:


December 4th between 10-12pm at Trinity Church in North Ormesby

December 4th between 6-8pm at Guisborough Santa Parade at Sunnyfield House

December 4th between 10-12pm at Wellington Square in Stockton

December 5th between 11-1pm at Middlesbrough Bus Station

December 6th between 12-2pm at Middleton Grange in Hartlepool


Follow Crime Prevention Officer Gerry McBride’s twelve Christmas tips to keep yourself and property safe:

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