Keep out a break in this summer

ACT Policing is encouraging all Canberrans to lock up before heading out this summer.

Whether you’re travelling for Christmas or spending the holidays at home, make security a priority.

Detective Sergeant Jason Dziubinski from ACT Policing’s Proactive Intervention and Disruption team said simple security practices are all it takes to ward off criminals looking for an easy target.

“As people begin to unwind for the Christmas break it is easy to forget someone of the simple security principle we take for granted each day,” Detective Sergeant Dziubinski said.

“Everyone loves to kick back over summer however it is that relaxed attitude which can give criminals the opportunity they need to ruin someone’s Christmas.

“Offenders look for easy targets such as an unlocked door, poorly secured car keys or valuables left out in the open, the harder you make it for them, the less chance there is you will become a victim of opportunistic crime.

“Last year there were 239 burglaries reported to ACT Policing in December, so far this year that number has dropped to 121 burglaries to 20 December.  We must however remain vigilant to ensure this positive trend continues.”

The Outsmart the Offender website has lots of helpful tips on how to easily secure your home so you can get out and enjoy the summer break.

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