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Greater Manchester Police takes on Twixtmas

Greater Manchester Police are reminding members of the public that ‘tis the season to be jolly’ by spreading Twixtmas cheer during the holidays.

Twixtmas was launched to spread goodwill and encourage people to do something good and valuable in the five-day period between Christmas and the New Year.

During the holidays residents can carry out some simple steps to enjoy a safe and happy New Year. The latest Twixtmas initiative encourages people to do something to make a change each day between the quiet Boxing Day and New Year.

Officers from across the borough will be out and about patrolling during the holidays, offering crime prevention and will visit those elderly and vulnerable members of the community as well as victims of crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said: “The Twixtmas period is the perfect period to check in with elderly friends, family and neighbours. It’s also a good time to give something back to the community as well as safety proofing your home.”


Some of the things you could do include:


· Download a tracking app for your phone or tablet, this could help to return your property safely if it was stolen
· Check your burglar alarm works and make sure all your windows are locked Register your new presents and property on www.immobilise.com
· Call in on an older neighbour or relative and keep an eye on their property to check it’s secure
· Buy some light timers and set them up around your house to come on at different times in different rooms to make the house appear occupied whether you are home or not

ACC Heywood added: “Taking some of these simple steps would not only extend the festive cheer but could also prevent you from becoming a victim of crime in 2014.”

For more information about Twixtmas visit www.twixtmas.com and for further crime prevention and safety advice go to www.gmp.police.uk

If you have any information about a crime you can contact police on 101 or 999 in emergencies or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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