Urgent police warning over true meaning of Christmas gnomes as they appear in gardens | The Sun

HOMEOWNERS have been warned of a common sinister trick that uses Christmas gnomes to target their properties.

Cops in North Wales advised residents to keep an eye out for the festive decorations which have been planted in some locals' back yards.

Police released an image of the gnomes, as well as the reason for their mysterious appearances.

A spokesperson for the Flintshire North branch of the force said: "We are aware of a report of individuals in the Broughton area leaving Christmas gnomes in residential front gardens.

"This type of behaviour is sometimes used as a 'calling card' to see if the gnome is collected by the resident.

"If not, the property is likely to be empty and could be an easy target for burglaries.

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"We would advise residents to be vigilant and ensure your home is secure."

Cops also offered advice to homeowners to keep their property safe from potential burglars, including tips on what to do if you will be leaving your house unattended for a few days.

As part of the appeal, the local policing team urged anyone who witnesses anything suspicious to contact the force via their website or through 101.

It comes after Met Police warned local residents of mysterious "burglar markings" drawn outside homes.

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  • Ensure social media posts are not public and are only seen by friends if you wish to post anything while on holiday.
  • Leave lights and a radio on a timer to make the property appear occupied.
  • Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property or joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
  • Ask your neighbours to close curtains after dark and to park on your drive.
  • Remember to cancel newspaper and milk deliveries while you're away.

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