Havering Council urges householders to be vigilant against crime over Christmas period

Havering Council has issued a list of top tips to help householders keep Christmas happy.

December is a period of plenty for opportune burglars. The early hours of darkness and well stocked homes mean it’s as important as ever to be vigilant.

But homeowners can reduce the risk of break-ins by using timer switches to keep lights on during the evening, hiding presents out of sight, and properly locking doors and windows.

In addition, people with cars, garages and sheds should avoid storing presents, food and drink in them as they are easy to target.

With people keen to make the most of their festive nights out, taxi marshalls will be ensuring people get into cabs quickly and safely after a night out in Romford town centre.

A spokesman said: “Revellers are advised to plan their journey home in advance, and never get into an unlicensed cab.”

Havering’s community safety boss Geoff Starns said: “I’d like to wish all our residents a Merry Christmas and urge them to take note of our tips to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable festive period.

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“It’s a busy and exciting time of year and we can sometimes not be as vigilant as we usually would be. Everyone should remember to keep their homes secure, their valuables safe and to never get in the car after a few drinks. Keeping this in mind will ensure a safe Christmas to remember.”

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