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Don't Become a Victim of Crime this Christmas

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12:01pm 1st December 2012

New figures reveal that burglaries in Dorset over the festive season have increased by nearly 20 per cent in the past four years.

And Dorset police have launched an advent calendar on their website to tackle the problem.

Day One gives people advice on avoiding becoming a victim of crime - each day is also available on Twitter.

Detective Inspector Richard Dixey says that while crime figures are still relatively low, they want to make them lower still.

Detective Inspector Richard Dixey explained: "I am encouraging everyone to take simple steps to make sure burglars don't ruin their Christmas. Ensuring valuables and presents are not left on display and making sure that all windows and doors are securely locked when leaving the property will reduce the chances of being burgled."

He added: "I would also encourage those members of the public with devices like iPads, smartphones and laptops to consider downloading tracker apps."

Handlers of stolen goods will also be tackled by the police over the Christmas period. Their advice to anyone who has been burgled is to call them on 101 or 999 if the crime is in progress.

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