FOLLOWING a recent report of burglary in the Flintshire area, North Wales Police are encouraging residents to be extra cautious.

After several Christmas gifts were stolen in a recent burglary, police are reminding Flintshire residents that twilight burglaries tend to increase at this time of year.

As a result, they are reminding residents to consider taking a few simple steps to prevent opportunistic burglars from targeting their home.

  • Lock all doors and windows - even when at home.

  • Do not advertise that you are away on social media - this tells burglars that your house is empty.

  • Use visible deterrents and security - think visible cameras or even just a sticker to say that cameras are in operation. Many burglars tend to avoid houses where an intruder alarm has been fitted.

  • Keep valuables out of sight and do not leave packaging for expensive items outside your property

  • Do not leave keys in hiding places such as under doormats – it is the first place a burglar is likely to look.

Detective Sergeant Rhodri Ifans said: “A burglary comes at a huge personal cost to a victim and is so much more than coping with the expense of replacing stolen items and repairing any damage caused.

“It is very important that people are extra-vigilant this time of year and ensure that they take home security seriously.


"Many burglaries can be prevented by taking very simple measures such as ensuring all windows and doors are locked, even when at home.

"We want to help you make sure that your Christmas is remembered for all the right reasons."

If you see anybody acting suspiciously in your area, report it to us as soon as possible by calling 101.