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10 top tips to keep your home secure over Christmas

South Wales Police have offered these handy hints to keep your home safe over the festive period:

  • Arrange for parcels to be delivered with neighbours if you're going to be out.
  • Make sure presents and valuables aren't visible through windows.
  • Secure all doors and windows before you leave home - even if you're only away for a short while.
  • Protect patio doors with additional locks or security measures.
  • Set your burglar alarm when you go to bed at night and when you leave during the day.
  • Don't keep house or car keys in obvious locations or anywhere near the front doors.
  • Never leave a door key in a convenient hiding place, like under a flower pot etc.
  • Use a door chain before you answer the door.
  • Be aware of uninvited callers - check identities and if in doubt don't let them in.
  • Don't advertise that your home is empty - if you are going away, be careful who you tell. Consider who may have access to messages that you put on social media.


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Christmas decorations row: 'Health and safety gone mad'

Christmas was nearly cancelled for one grandmother from Neath when her landlords threatened to take down the decorations above her porch.

They said the Santas and snowmen breached health and safety rules - but have now allowed her to keep them up until the New Year.

Sharon Antell says "it's health and safety gone mad."

Tom Sheldrick reports:


Can you catch the Christmas Pudding?

Now when you think Christmas Pudding - exercise probably isn't the first word that springs to mind.

But today in Cardiff that was exactly what was on the menu as hundreds gathered to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Megan Boot has been finding out some of the very personal stories behind the race:

Age Cymru: Christmas is a 'lonely time' for the elderly

Age Cymru say that whilst Christmas is a time of 'happiness' for many of us, it can be a very 'lonely time' for older people.

This should be a time of happiness when we can look forward to being with our families and friends and enjoying each other's company.

But it can instead be a lonely time when older people can feel that they are a burden on those closest to them.

This is why Spread the Warmth - Age Cymru's annual campaign to prevent thousands of older people in Wales suffering needlessly in winter, is so important.

Funds raised by Spread the Warmth are used to provide Winter Celebration Grants to groups across Wales so that we can bring some cheer to those who are alone or isolated at Christmas.

– Ian Thomas, Age Cymru's Chief Executive Officer

Older people in Wales not looking forward to Christmas

22 per cent of older people in Wales are not looking forward to Christmas. Credit: PA

Latest research by Age Cymru has revealed that 22 per cent of older people in Wales are not looking forward to Christmas.

The study also revealed that one fifth of those who were not looking forward to Christmas said that it brought back too many memories of those who had passed away.

Age Cymru has set up a Spread the Warmth campaign to help tackle health, heating and loneliness issues for older people this winter.

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