Burnley Council has launched a festive safety message to residents – don’t let thieves steal your Christmas.
Council officers feature in a series of short videos on social media giving simple but useful tips on how to avoid criminals spoiling your Christmas spirit.
From keeping your ho-ho-home safe to pointing out that only Santa has a magical vehicle, the slightly tongue-in-cheek videos show how to have a Merry Christmas and make sure your only headaches are down to good spirits, not bad ones.
Councillor Lian Pate, the council’s executive member for community services, said: “It’s a light-hearted but effective way of getting across some serious messages that apply, not only at Christmas but throughout the year.
“They might not quite be Oscar-winning performances, but they do get the message across clearly. It’s about taking some simple sensible steps to make sure you have a cracker of a Christmas.”
The videos are available on the council's Facebook page.
The top 12 tips for Christmas safety are:
1. Secure your ho-ho-home: Don’t be an easy target – thieves will go elsewhere if they have to work hard to steal your stuff. Make sure you lock your windows and doors. Don’t invite thieves into your home.
2. Don't let thieves steal your Christmas: Make sure valuables can’t be seen from outside your home. Don’t leave Christmas presents in view from outside. Move expensive TVs, audio equipment or computers away from windows or use blinds to keep them hidden from view.
3. Light up for Christmas: Leave a light on when you go out, or use an electronic timer. But make sure you turn off tree lights and other decorations.
4. Santa's little helpers: Make sure you don’t equip a thief with the tools to break into your home. Lock up garden tools, ladders or anything else that might help a thief commit crime.
5. 'Tis the season of purse snatchers: Make sure you keep your handbag close at all times. Keep your purse or wallet secure and out of sight as much as possible.
6. Shop ‘til you drop but keep your shopping bags with you – don’t leave them unattended.
7. Sleigh safety: Put your shopping in the boot – don’t leave bags in sight on the seat. Lock your doors while driving.
8. Raise a glass or three: Christmas is a time for over-indulging. On your night out make sure you stick together with friends and look after each other – don’t become isolated
9. Only Santa has a magical vehicle: don’t drink and drive - get a taxi or organise a designated driver
10. On a plate: Only get into a licensed taxi – make sure it has a licence plate before you get into a car
11. Merry and bright– don’t leave your drink unattended. Don’t accept a drink from a stranger.
12. Have a Happy Christmas – stay safe and secure