TIM DREW: Take a few extra precautions this Chirstmas

AS we enter the run-up to Christmas, it’s time to think about a few extra precautions in order to avoid its being spoilt by those who will enjoy the season at our expense if they get the chance.

So, when shopping, watch out for handbag or wallet snatchers who will pounce when you’re scanning the shelves, and don’t leave your vehicles in car parks after you have filled them with your Christmas purchases as they are often then targeted by thieves who patrol these areas.

Bear in mind that (possibly due to the existence of electrical impulses nearby) some car remote control systems do not lock the car, so try the door handles to ensure that the doors are locked.

The community bulletins continue to give prominence to thefts (especially of bicycles) from sheds and outbuildings, and thieves know that many of us store our Christmas cheer there.

So please ensure that these buildings are well secured – and, if your bike isn’t already securely attached, why not consider treating yourself to a ‘Sold Secure’ approved ground anchor?

Lastly, many people leave their curtains open to display the lights and decorations on their Christmas trees. Unfortunately, this allows passers-by to look into your front room where they can see any presents under the tree as well as anything else of value. Every year without fail, homes are burgled and presents stolen.

PCSO Sally Haggis will be available for a chat outside Spar Stores in Heene Road between 11am to 11.30am on Wednesday, December 11, with the Central ward neighbourhood panel meeting that evening at the Ardington Hotel, Steyne Gardens, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

The next day, PCSO Catherine Dines (Gaisford) will hold her surgery between noon and 1pm at Buddy’s Cafe, 121 South Farm Road, followed by PCSO Carol Fulcher’s at Mulberry Library, Mulberry Lane between 5pm and 6pm.