December 17th 2013

posted 22 Dec 2013, 02:45 by Bob Brace
Dacorum’s Chief Inspector, Glen Channer is wishing residents a very happy and safe Christmas this year. 

“I’d like to wish our communities a very Merry Christmas on behalf of all the policing teams across Dacorum who are working to ensure our residents have a safe and crime free Christmas. 

“Sadly, while Christmas is traditionally a time of giving, there are those whose only interest is in taking. So to combat this, police will be conducting extra proactive patrols in areas which traditionally see a rise in crime at this time of year, including shopping centres, to prevent thefts, and in residential areas, to prevent burglary. 

“Whilst we’re working to tackle crime, we’d ask people to take steps to help themselves. During the busy Christmas shopping season, shoppers need to be aware of pickpockets and keep their purses, wallets and mobiles phones, safely tucked away and out of reach of opportunist thieves. Also be careful around cashpoints and to watch for ‘shoulder surfers’ who try to read pin numbers.” 

Police are also urging people not to leave presents on display in their cars as this can be a gift to a criminal who can break into the vehicles and remove property in seconds. 

Chief Inspector Channer added: “Burglary remains low across Dacorum and we’re working hard to keep it that way through proactive patrols, however this time of year burglaries do increase. Presents such as iPads, mobile phones and games consoles are a draw for burglars, who will enter a property if they think no one is in. Our advice is simple, leave a light on inside the property, using a timer switch so it comes on when it gets dark. 

“And after the Christmas presents have been given out, please don’t leave empty packaging outside your property as it is a signal to a burglar as to what is inside.”
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