Keep your Christmas presents and festive food stock securely stored – that’s the message from Safer New Forest.
Residents and businesses in the New Forest are warned they may be targeted by thieves if they store meat, alcohol, other foodstuffs and valuable items in unsecure outbuildings in the busy run-up to Christmas.
The Partnership urges householders and farmers to be vigilant and take steps to lock up their property, particularly vulnerable outbuildings, sheds and garages, from intruders. Motorists should also be aware that car thieves may strike if gifts or other valuables are left in an unattended car.
New Forest Chief Inspector Simon Tribe said: “I would advise businesses and residents alike to protect their property from burglars, especially when valuable goods are left in outdoor buildings which may be easier to access.
“Secure your outbuildings with a good quality padlock and alarm and don’t leave anything of high value on show. This applies to drivers too – take all your valuables with you when you leave your vehicle and check the vehicle is locked.”
To reduce the risk of your premises becoming the target of thieves, the following advice can help improve your security:
Cllr Jill Cleary, New Forest District Council portfolio holder for housing and communities, said: “At this time of year, businesses, farmers and residents are all preparing for the Christmas period and often storing valuable goods on their property. Thieves are looking for opportunities to break-in, so please take the extra security measures we have suggested to keep them out.”