Signs You Could Be At Risk Of Crime Over Christmas In Townsville

And 12 steps to prevent it!


19 December 2018

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Unfortunately when it comes to Christmas time, it’s often not just jolly old St Nick who’s creeping into our houses, but more likely to be a Home Alone scenario. Statistics show that annual crime rates tend to peak between now and the New Year holiday period.

So, we’ve decided to share our 12 best tips on holiday crime prevention in the form of one of our favourite yuletide songs…

On the first day of Christmas, crime prevention taught me:

YOUR LIGHTS SHOULD BE SET AUTOMATICALLY

(If you’re going away on holiday, fool would-be criminals into thinking you’re still there by setting up an automatic light system.)

On the second day of Christmas, crime prevention taught me:

HAVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR WATCH YOUR HOUSE IF YOU’RE AWAY ON HOLIDAY AND CARE-FREE

(Ask them to keep their eyes peeled, and to collect any newspapers or letters to keep up appearances.)

On the third day of Christmas, crime prevention taught me:

LOCK YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS WITH A KEY

(Whether it’s your home or your car – make sure they’re secure!)

On the fourth day of Christmas, crime prevention taught me:

DON’T PUT VALUABLE GIFTS UNDER YOUR TREE

(Rather, wait until the last minute. And don’t leave them by a window in plain sight.)

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On the fifth day of Christmas, crime prevention taught me:

IF A CHARITY WANTS A DONATION ASK TO SEE THEIR ID

(If you come across someone walking door-to-door and collecting for a charity, ask to see their ID or credentials to ensure they really are who they say they are.)

On the sixth day of Christmas, crime prevention taught me:

SET YOUR HOME ALARM WHEN YOU LEAVE

(If you don’t have time, it’s time to invest!)

On the seventh day of Christmas, crime prevention taught me:

LEAVE YOUR TV/RADIO ON IF YOU’RE AN ABSENTEE

(If you’re out for the day, leave on talk radio or a TV channel to make it sound as if there are voices inside.)

On the eight day of Christmas, crime prevention taught me:

USE CREDIT/DEBIT AND TRY TO STAY CASH-FREE

(The less cash you have to carry the better!)

On the ninth day of Christmas, crime prevention taught me:

RECORD SERIAL NUMBERS OF PRICY GIFTS LIKE A PHONE OR PC

(Scribble them down before you wrap them up so they’re easier to locate if stolen.)

On the tenth day of Christmas, crime prevention taught me:

FLATTEN AND DISPOSE OF BOXES THAT ARE EMPTY

(Don’t show off to the world the new expensive purchases you’ve made. Hide the evidence.)

On the eleventh day of Christmas, crime prevention taught me:

WHEN YOU PARK MAKE SURE YOU DO IT SAFELY

(Park near a CCTV camera if possible, and close to people in a popular, well-lit area.)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, crime prevention taught me:

DON’T FALL FOR SCAMMERS TRYING TO STEAL YOUR MONEY

(Beware of dodgy links sent via email or text, or any pop-up spam while you’re online. Don’t follow any suspicious links.)

Follow each of these tips and you’re far more likely to protect yourself and your family from targeted criminal activity during this magical time of year. Stay safe, stay happy, and have a very Merry Christmas!

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