Dec 5 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
Police send Christmas cards to known criminals to deter them from offending over Christmas
KNOWN criminals in Lancashire will receive Christmas cards from police to deter them from committing crime over the holidays.
With the tag line “if you spoil someone’s Christmas, we will spoil yours” the Constabulary announced the unique approach as part of their Bah Humbug anti-crime campaign.
The move comes as the force warns people to be more vigilant over the festive season.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said: “We are making known criminals, such as previous burglars, know that they are on our radar, we will be keeping a close eye on them and we will arrest and charge those responsible for taking advantage of the opportunities to commit crime at this time of year.
“We want people to be able to enjoy the festivities, while being sensible to prevent themselves becoming victims of crime.
“There are lots of simple things that the public can do to lessen their risk, which we will be telling them about on Facebook and Twitter.”
Police officers will also be out and about in town centres this Christmas giving out free jingle bell purse alarms in an attempt to spoil Christmas for opportunistic thieves while people shop for presents.
Festive safety messages will feature on the Constabulary’s social media and website, and extra safety signs have been placed in car parks.
Over 20,000 newsletters have also been distributed to residents, giving them hints and tips to have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.
The Lancashire Police are urging residents to keep presents out of view and to mark any new valuable items with their postcode.
They are also encouraging people to make sure they stay safe when shopping online by keeping printouts of online documentation, never to disclose your bank or card details as proof of identity or age and to log out when you have finished shopping.
To report a crime, call Lancashire Police on 101.