Advice issued to residents in Scarborough and Whitby in run up to Christmas
Officers shared some seasonal tips on their social media page to keep your home safe and sound when you’re not there.
North Yorkshire Police say to make sure you don’t leave presents where people can see them through your windows and doors and make sure you haven’t left packaging next to your bins, showing people what presents you have inside the house.
Don't advertise you’re not in – wait until you’re back home to post photos of your lovely time away.
Use a timer to switch on lights to make it look like you’re home even when you’re not - LED energy saving bulbs can help keep the cost down and reduce fire risk as they don’t heat up.
Officers also say to ask someone you trust to keep an eye on your house while you are away, don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats or plant pots and ask a neighbour if they wouldn’t mind putting your bins out for you.
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