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Ward off thieves by keeping gifts out of sight

Presents should be kept out of open view Credit: ITV news

Don’t give thieves a ‘Merry Christmas’ that's the message from Chichester District Community Safety Partnership as they warn people against leaving gifts on show at home.

Leaving presents under the christmas tree in plain sight may attract thieves.

If possible, put presents under the tree on Christmas day Credit: ITV

Although it can be tempting to put all your presents under the Christmas tree before 25 December, unfortunately this is a big advert to opportunistic thieves looking in windows. Put your holiday goodies out at the last minute and make sure the windows and doors are locked at all times, even if you are home

– Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council