Don’t let your gifts be easy target for thieves

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Residents in South Holland may think they are keeping their gifts under wraps but police are warning Christmas can mean easy pickings for opportunist thieves.

Lincolnshire Police has launched a Christmas Crime Menu to make sure property keeps safe for “starters” in the car and later when it is stored in the house.

Insp Jim Tyner said: “Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, including criminals.

“We know, however, that a high proportion of crime is opportunistic, and can be prevented by taking some simple precautions.”

Tips for keeping property safe include:

Starter: Your car – keep gifts, sat navs and laptops out of sight. Park in well-lit locations in an attended car park and never leave a vehicle unlocked.

Main course: Your house – keep gifts out of view, ensure doors and windows are locked, never leave handbags and car keys downstairs and if you are going away consider operating lights and radios on a timer.

Dessert: Your property – Mark your property with an ultraviolet pen with your postcode, lock all bicycles and make a record of the serial number and never leave your cheque book and card unattended.

l SureStore Self Storage is offering the first ten readers who contact them free storage at their depot on King Street Industrial Street in Langtoft.

The company is offering up to 20 square feet of free present storage to lucky readers, complete with 24-hour access seven-days-a-week throughout the Christmas period for late night collections.

SureStore director Dan Hiblin said: “There’s nothing better than seeing the look of surprise and delight on the faces of the people you love on Christmas morning when they open their presents, so we want to help local residents keep their gifts safe and, more importantly, secret right up until the big day.”

If you want to make sure your presents stay under wraps, call SureStore on 01778 560693 or visit