A FESTIVE crime prevention campaign aimed at spoiling Christmas for criminals has been launched in Burnley.
Lancashire Constabulary’s Bah Humbug campaign will see residents being given advice to help them keep themselves and their property safe.
Patrols will be stepped up throughout December and into January and officers will give advice to residents face-to-face through neighbourhood policing teams and via the force’s Facebook and Twitter pages, using #BahHumbug.
Lancashire Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable, Mark Bates, said: “We want people to have an enjoyable time during the festive period but we want to make it clear that we will be doing our best to spoil Christmas for criminals.
“Residents can help us to do this by taking some easy prevention measures that will stop them falling victim to crime. Lancashire Police officers, PCSOs, staff and our partner agencies will be working hard over the Christmas and New Year period to help keep you safe and we wish everyone – except criminals – a very merry Christmas.”
Police are offering the following advice to residents:
• Fit a burglar alarm and good outside lighting, then check them both regularly.
• Lock doors and windows.
• Keep presents out of view both at home and in the car.
• Do not leave keys near the front door.
• Mark valuable items with the postcode and note down make/model/serial numbers.
• Carry bags close to the body.
• Put purses and mobiles in inside pockets.
• Lock cars and make sure all valuables are out of view.
• Stay with cars while defrosting and the engine is running.
• Park in secure car parks and well-lit areas.