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Don’t put presents under your tree – warning from Brighton police

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Police have warned people not leave presents under Christmas trees for fear of enticing burglars into their homes.

Police in Brighton yesterday tweeted: “Avoid leaving presents under the tree, particularly if they’re visible from windows or doors.”

It is believed that this is the first time officers have directly approached members of the public and suggested doing this.

The news comes as police admit burglaries in Brighton and Hove are on the up with more expected as the big day approaches.

In an email the force sent out via a community scheme it said: “Figures show that there can be an increase in burglaries around the Christmas period, so it is important that you take extra precautions to protect yourself and your belongings.

“In the run-up to the festive season, criminals can be on the lookout for signs of expensive purchases such as visible presents underneath Christmas trees, packaging on display or old electronic goods left outside suggesting new replacements have been bought.

“We have seen an increase in the number of burglaries taking place in Brighton and Hove recently and we are working hard to target prolific offenders.”

Close curtains

Curtains PC Claire Horner told The Argus: “We don’t want people to make their homes and their presents a target.

“I understand that people like putting their presents out underneath the tree but if burglars can see a tree with presents underneath the window it will attract them.

“People should close their curtains if their trees and presents are on view but they might not do this so we are asking them not to put their presents under the tree.

“It’s about preventing burglaries.”

She said as far as she was aware no such burglaries had occurred so far this year.

But a woman who had all her Christmas presents stolen just days before December 25 last year supported PC Horner’s plea.

Victim's anger

She said: “We had just come back from Bruges where we had got presents.

“They were all gift wrapped and under the tree.”

She said after the presents were taken she was “really angry”.

She added: “I was angry that they could come into my home and take them.

“I never thought this could happen to me, in the road I live in.

“It had a huge impact.

“We just called it a day for Christmas that year.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “If you like to display your Christmas tree in your window remember to keep the presents away from prying eyes.

"Just like anyone else, thieves like to window shop before obtaining their goods.”

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12:45pm Wed 5 Dec 12

FatherTed11 says...

hahahahaha. How about don't buy any presents at all or leave anything in your house in case someone breaks in and steals it.
hahahahaha. How about don't buy any presents at all or leave anything in your house in case someone breaks in and steals it. FatherTed11
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12:49pm Wed 5 Dec 12

sbiscorrupt says...

So Plod's latest edict is...

If you get burgled, it's your own fault...!
So Plod's latest edict is... If you get burgled, it's your own fault...! sbiscorrupt
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12:57pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Alternatively just put a big Star of David on your door with a sign saying "Oy vey, no presents here already! Failing that paint your windows so that they give the impression of nothing but a big empty room. Burglars looking at the window will then think you haven't got any stuff to nick at all.

Incidentally the police have also said that you should not visit any high street during the festive period. If a mugger sees you going into a shop they'll think you've got money on you to buy presents and will act accordingly. Better to be safe than sorry!
Alternatively just put a big Star of David on your door with a sign saying "Oy vey, no presents here already! Failing that paint your windows so that they give the impression of nothing but a big empty room. Burglars looking at the window will then think you haven't got any stuff to nick at all. Incidentally the police have also said that you should not visit any high street during the festive period. If a mugger sees you going into a shop they'll think you've got money on you to buy presents and will act accordingly. Better to be safe than sorry! Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
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1:23pm Wed 5 Dec 12

bogs says...

So because Sx plod cannot catch a bouncing ball, our homes have to look bland and empty.
NEXT......... appeal in Febuary for witness to burglaries in December!!!!
Pathetic. Whats the point of them?
So because Sx plod cannot catch a bouncing ball, our homes have to look bland and empty. NEXT......... appeal in Febuary for witness to burglaries in December!!!! Pathetic. Whats the point of them? bogs
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1:28pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Morpheus says...

What is a "curtains PC"?
What is a "curtains PC"? Morpheus
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1:40pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Crystal Ball says...

Morpheus wrote:
What is a "curtains PC"?
Someone who is not attempting to catch criminals by conventional methods?

What next, they order Christmas to be cancelled? It's about time the Majority started being the prevailing culture in this country and the low-lifes start to live in fear of punishment.
[quote][p][bold]Morpheus[/bold] wrote: What is a "curtains PC"?[/p][/quote]Someone who is not attempting to catch criminals by conventional methods? What next, they order Christmas to be cancelled? It's about time the Majority started being the prevailing culture in this country and the low-lifes start to live in fear of punishment. Crystal Ball
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4:42pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Hoarder12345444 says...

Whilst it's sound advice, we all are now fearing our houses being burgled before christmas. Which is very unpleasant. We should not live in fear of burglars. Everyone has a right to put their presents under the tree, and whilst it may be sensible to draw curtains, I do not wish to live in fear of my stuff being nicked because someone chooses to look in my window (quite hard as I live in a first floor flat), and then decide to break in and steal it. Little deterrant. If someone wants to burgle you, and they can't have a peek inside, they will and they will just take what they find anyway!!
Whilst it's sound advice, we all are now fearing our houses being burgled before christmas. Which is very unpleasant. We should not live in fear of burglars. Everyone has a right to put their presents under the tree, and whilst it may be sensible to draw curtains, I do not wish to live in fear of my stuff being nicked because someone chooses to look in my window (quite hard as I live in a first floor flat), and then decide to break in and steal it. Little deterrant. If someone wants to burgle you, and they can't have a peek inside, they will and they will just take what they find anyway!! Hoarder12345444
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5:42pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Sussex jim says...

The obvious answer is for the last adult to go to bed on Christmas eve to place the presents around the tree as late as possible- having drawn the curtains.
Or even getting up first on Christmas day and then placing them.
The obvious answer is for the last adult to go to bed on Christmas eve to place the presents around the tree as late as possible- having drawn the curtains. Or even getting up first on Christmas day and then placing them. Sussex jim
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6:57pm Wed 5 Dec 12

UglyAmerican says...

Perhaps wrap up a few bear traps instead?
Perhaps wrap up a few bear traps instead? UglyAmerican
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10:05pm Wed 5 Dec 12

On_the_Level says...

UglyAmerican wrote:
Perhaps wrap up a few bear traps instead?
Its a great idea but explaining it to a Judge after the burglar is snared: "Yes, six bear traps M'lud, its what the wife and kids asked for..."
[quote][p][bold]UglyAmerican[/bold] wrote: Perhaps wrap up a few bear traps instead?[/p][/quote]Its a great idea but explaining it to a Judge after the burglar is snared: "Yes, six bear traps M'lud, its what the wife and kids asked for..." On_the_Level
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11:42pm Wed 5 Dec 12

worthingite says...

This story pops its head up every other year...............

Then its going to be don't put your new present boxes out by the recycle bin so they know what new gifts you have now.

A thief will go for gold,cameras and laptops,not toys under the tree and get out quick before you legally near kill him for breaking in !

Great new laws !
This story pops its head up every other year............... Then its going to be don't put your new present boxes out by the recycle bin so they know what new gifts you have now. A thief will go for gold,cameras and laptops,not toys under the tree and get out quick before you legally near kill him for breaking in ! Great new laws ! worthingite
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12:41am Thu 6 Dec 12

funkyyoyo says...

presents? what presents,i havent got any dam money!!!!!!!
presents? what presents,i havent got any dam money!!!!!!! funkyyoyo
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4:35pm Thu 6 Dec 12

NDL says...

Ho Ho HO! and a hearty Christmas to you PC Horner.
Ho Ho HO! and a hearty Christmas to you PC Horner. NDL
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4:36pm Thu 6 Dec 12

NDL says...

Ho Ho HO! and a hearty Christmas to you PC Horner.
Ho Ho HO! and a hearty Christmas to you PC Horner. NDL
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