Police are promising extra patrols across East Brighton in the run-up to Christmas to try to deter opportunist burglars from stealing presents.
Sgt Paul Gossland, of Sussex Police, said: “It sounds simple advice, but when it is dark outside people don’t always think to draw their curtains or leave a light on if they are going to be out.
“To the opportunist burglar, it is almost an invite.
“It may be the season of goodwill, but Sussex Police are urging people not to make it a happy Christmas for criminals by ‘handing them’ their Christmas presents.
“A house that is in darkness is the easiest target as no one is likely to be home.
“It doesn’t take long for a burglar to get inside and steal property, particularly things that are easy to sell such as televisions, videos, computers, jewellery and antiques.”
As well as extra patrols, neighbourhood policing teams plan to distribute leaflets offering some simple advice:
Officers believe that burglaries are not more likely in the run-up to Christmas but aim to offer reassurance while deterring any opportunist thieves.
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