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Police warn about increased activity of thieves during holidays

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring the upcoming long holidays, Latvian State Police urges residents to be careful and ensure safety of their property. Police warn residents about thieves and how they often use holidays to break into homes while their owners are away.

Police urge residents to make certain that all doors and windows are shut tight before leaving.

Although most apartment buildings have secure code doors nowadays, they are unable to provide maximum protection. This is why residents have to ensure safety of their homes personally by keeping doors closed even when everyone is home. Residents who live on the first floor have to be especially careful, notes Latvian State Police.

Police recommend not leaving precious items in buildings where residents do not live on a permanent basis. This includes electrical appliances, expensive tools and other items. It is also a good idea to set up an alarm system. It is also recommended to maintain a good relationship with neighbours – it is always handy to have an extra set of eyes watching over your property.
If you have been burgled or notice that someone else has been inside your home, you should immediately inform the police.
Koblenz security firm notes that Christmas and New Year holidays increase the risk of break-ins. Many people usually go on vacation in December. People also like to spend their winter vacations somewhere away from their homes. This makes their property easy prey for burglars, especially if owners do not security recommendations.

«We do, of course, recommend installing a security system in your home. It is one of the most reliable home protection measures in the world. It is also worth keeping in mind the basics – keeping doors and windows closed when you leave, leaving lights on in one or two rooms and asking neighbours to look after your property and so on and so forth. Unfortunately, people often forget about these things and go merrily on their way to wherever they plan to spend time. On top of that, residents also often check in their social network profiles directly from the places they spend time in, all of which provides criminals a signal to visit their homes,» – warns the CEO of the security firm Raivis Terinks.

Residents should also be careful when shopping – do not leave your bags, gifts and valuables unattended. The holiday season and festive atmosphere often makes people forget about caution, which is happily exploited by criminals.

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