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Police recommend securing properties left empty over Christmas

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Many home insurance policyholders leave their properties empty over the Christmas period as they travel to visit friends and family, so Avon and Somerset Police have reminded people to carry out some security procedures first.

Locking doors and windows, as well as setting a burglar alarm where one is available are the simplest things householders can do to protect their dwelling, according to Tony Alderman from the community safety and crime reduction department at Taunton police station.

He added: “Consider using timer settings to operate lights and a radio so that would-be burglars believe the house is occupied.”
After December 25th, consumers should dispose of boxes and wrapping carefully, as opportunistic thieves could strike if they believe the expensive items are inside the property.

Some people might consider marking their new purchases with ultra-violet ink – which is virtually invisible to the naked eye – with their name and post code, so that it can be returned if it is recovered after a break-in.

Source : UIA