WEARSIDERS can pick up some top crime prevention tips in the run-up to Christmas thanks to a special police advent calendar.
Northumbria Police has come up with a festive way of reminding people to stay safe over the Christmas season by uploading an advent calendar on its website.
Each day in the run-up to Christmas, people can visit the website to reveal a new tip about how to stay safe and stop criminals from ruining their Christmas.
The messages include putting on light timers while away from your home over the festive period, property marking your bike and other gifts you receive for Christmas, and not leaving your mobile phone on show to thieves.
Sunderland West Neighbourhood Inspector Cheryl Warcup said: “The advent calendar is a timely way for us to give some crime prevention tips.
“Some of the messages are seasonal, such as don’t leave Christmas presents on show in an empty car, and some apply all year round, for example using a good quality lock to secure your bike.
“We want people to stay safe and by following some simple advice they can reduce the risk of being a victim of crime.
“Operations and initiatives are running throughout the city aimed at targeting thieves and making our communities even safer.
“Shoppers can help us make it even harder for thieves to steal by following crime prevention tips.”
The move forms part of the force’s Christmas campaign, Don’t Let Thieves Steal Your Christmas, which aims to crack down on all types of theft.
As part of the campaign, Sunderland police have launched Operation Jaguar, which targets acquisitive crime.
This will see police patrols stepped up in and around car parks, and officers will be targeting known offenders in a bid to stamp out any criminal activity.
They will be tackling all types of acquisitive crime such as theft, robbery, burglary, shoplifting and vehicle crime.
Insp Warcup added: “We’re determined not to let thieves ruin Christmas for people and will be disrupting their criminal activity and making sure they face the consequences of their actions.
“Extra officers will be on patrol around car parks and parking areas to deter any potential thieves.
“We would really urge residents to help us and play their part by taking some simple crime prevention steps and make it even harder for them.
“We’re also reminding shoppers to make sure they keep valuables such as wallets, purses and mobile phones secure and bags are zipped or fastened shut.
“By working together with our communities we can deter the minority of people who seem intent on causing misery to other people.
“We’re committed to making sure people feel safer in their communities and officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team are always available to offer crime prevention advice and reassurance to residents.”
To take a look at the advent calendar, visit www.northumbria.police.uk/xmas/advent/
For more crime safety advice, visit www.northumbria.police.uk