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Byline: Det Con Andy Lawless, Crime Prevention Officer, Bridgend Police Station

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and at this time of year everyone's minds are on buying present for family and friends.

Unfortunately a car full of presents or a house with gifts under the Christmas tree, in view from the window, is a temptation for any would-be-thief.

Crime prevention is not usually at the foremost of people's minds but just a second's thought to security when you leave your house or park your car can deter such criminals.

Leading up to Christmas, please don't leave presents in view of the windows. They look so pretty and inviting that unscrupulous thieves would find them hard to resist.

When leaving home, don't forget to lock all doors and windows and if you have an alarm, set it.

And make sure you lock your shed or garage.

When you're out shopping remember to place purchased items in a locked boot, even if you intend to return to your car several times within a short period of time.

There have been many disappointed people who have returned a few items to the car only to find them stolen by the time they return by an opportunist thief who noticed the vehicle was unlocked.

This year in Bridgend we are running our Christmas campaign again to increase the awareness of this type of crime. Our Christmas message is 'Be like Santa and keep gifts out of site.'

In order to ensure you and your presents stay safe this year, before and after Christmas, make sure you do the following:

Park your car in a garage or driveway, if you have one.

Remove all valuables from your vehicles, even the smallest items can attract a thief.

Secure all windows, doors as well as the boot of your car - don't make it easy for thieves.

Activate all security devices in the car and at home.

Don't drink and drive.

Ensure all children remain within sight when shopping in busy towns.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 7, 2001
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