Crime prevention advice issued ahead of Diwali celebrations and Christmas period
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In the lead up to Diwali celebrations, we are issuing crime prevention advice to residents.
Nationally, police forces see an increase in gold thefts and burglaries around this time of year when families of South Asian heritage are more likely to wear and display valuable gold for cultural reasons.
Last Diwali, we had a spate of burglaries in Wiltshire which took place on a Friday evening when families celebrating Diwali were out and about.
We are urging residents to be mindful and to take steps to reduce the risk of falling victim to this type of crime.
Ensure lights are left on at your address as well as a TV or radio so it appears occupied
Where possible, ensure a vehicle is left on your driveway - it could be a neighbour or relative
Consider locking valuables in a safety deposit box
Add security measures to your home such as CCTV, doorbell cameras and alarms
Refrain from sharing information about large celebrations, gatherings and extended absences from home on social media.
Det Con Jo Chesshire, from our Burglary Team, said: “We often see an increase in burglaries at this time of year with Diwali just around the corner and in the lead up to Christmas. Offenders know that residents will have valuable gold in their homes and will be out and about at various festivities over the coming days and weeks, leaving homes unoccupied, so we are urging residents to be mindful of their home security to help reduce the risk of falling victim to this type of crime.
“And of course, it is not just those who celebrate Diwali that we would urge to be vigilant. With Christmas just over six weeks away, it is a good time for us all to ensure home security is at the forefront of our minds.
“Burglary can be devastating for victims – we fully understand the impact it can have and will leave no stone unturned in investigating incidents reported to us to ensure offenders are brought to justice.”