14 October 2013
are organising our Halloween / Bonfire Night / clocks changing and
Christmas burglary initiatives, as we speak. I am reliably informed
by my young Volunteer Tom – he who won the Volunteer of the Year award
for Community Safety – that there are 2 new games consoles about to be
released and will be in very short supply for Christmas. The
‘Playstation 4’ will be released on the 29/11 at a cost of £349 along
with the ‘Xbox One’ at the same date for £429 ! As I say these
are all now on pre-order and will be delivered from online companies
around 29/11. This has 2 issues – the boxes may be quite
distinctive from their shape, when they arrive in the post, so they must
not be left in porches by delivery companies and secondly, if you are
ordering one for a child / grand child, you will have to find a really
good hiding place. Opportunist thieves will know these are being
purchased in their hundreds As they will be in very short supply at
Christmas time. All parents know they cannot hide these in the home
– kids can smell them out – so you may consider hiding it in the
garage / boot of your car. Both of these are well known to thieves.
Please be imaginative. This applies to all presents as Christmas
approaches. Opportunist thieves know that our homes are already
beginning to become an Aladdin’s cave as we start buying. Before
you start, think about the storage of presents. Even
when you go out buying. Take some supermarket plastic bags with you
and put your purchases, inside them – before you leave the shop,
rather than walking around the town with expensive branded carrier bags.
Black dustbin liners in the boot of your car to contain them and cover
traditionally pick up at this time of year – the main cause being the
darker evenings. If it gets dark before you get home, you must have
lights on – use timers. A house in
darkness at 6 p.m. means there is no-one home !
11/10 Friday 8.45 a.m. Farmer’s Way, Cox Green. Car keyed.
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
11/10 – 12/10 Friday 8 p.m. / Saturday 8 a.m. DIY Store, Stafferton Way. Offenders used pallets to climb across a small river and cut a hole in the barrier fence of the store yard. Christmas related items stolen.
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