Police give advice on Christmas safety
Christmas is not only a time for giving, itís also a time for taking.
Detective Sergeant Clifford Roberts Jr of the Bermuda Police Service warned homeowners yesterday that this time of year presents thieves with some attractive potential targets.
Mr Roberts said householders should lock up their homes before leaving the house or going to bed, switch on lights if they plan to be out late and to avoid signalling expensive purchases by leaving boxes outside.
He added that neighbours should keep an eye out for each otherís property and report suspicious people or vehicles in their areas to police, with descriptions or licence numbers if possible.
People should also avoid leaving gifts, cash and jewellery where they can be seen and make sure alarm systems, if fitted, are in operation.
Those travelling abroad for the festive season should advise neighbours of their absence, have friends check their properties and make sure their mailbox is emptied.
In addition, Christmas shoppers should avoid carrying large sums in cash and be careful when using ATMs.
Shoppers should also keep their bags close and drivers should park in well-lit areas and make sure shopping is stored out of sight.
Mr Roberts added that people should have their keys to hand when returning to their vehicles and travel with another person whenever possible.
Business owners were also offered advice designed to keep their festive season crime-free.
Police advise that more than one member of staff should always be present when premises are due to be opened and closed.
Businesses should also make regular bank deposits to avoid holding large sums of money in their stores and CCTV and alarm systems should be checked.
Mr Roberts added that identification should be requested for card transactions, and card information should be kept confidential.
Staff should also be vigilant over anyone attempting to pay for goods with counterfeit currency.
Potential problems should be reported to police at 295-0011, or the confidential hotline, 800-8477 (TIPS).
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