As the excitement of the festive period builds Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is urging people to ‘stay safe - and keep their presents and property safe too’.
“People are naturally busy at this time of year preparing for the festive celebrations and it’s not surprising that personal safety and simple crime prevention precautions get forgotten amid the tinsel and gift-wrap,” he said.
“But some forget that it is the season of goodwill and simply take the opportunity to help themselves to presents and property. Make it harder for them by taking some simple precautions.”
In a not-so-happy Christmas tradition, shoplifting, vehicle theft and domestic burglary rates tend to increase over the festive season when higher value goods are stocked in shops and people store expensive presents at home and in their cars.
Residents can reduce the risk of falling victim to opportunists by ensuring nothing is left on view either at home or in their vehicles and ensuring doors and windows are secure.
It’s also advisable to make it look as if we’re in when leaving our homes by leaving a light on and possibly a radio. When Christmas is over, be wary about leaving empty boxes of expensive electrical items on show in your recycling bin as this is just an advert for what’s inside.
“We need to look out for each other, too,” said the Commissioner. “Simply by keeping an eye out for our neighbours we can all make a big difference.”
The Commissioner also reminds people that they can seek help if they feel at risk from domestic abuse. Sadly, this time of year can lead to a rise in acts of violence through excessive alcohol consumption.
“There are a number of support services across Nottingham City and the rest of the County,” he said. “Protection and help for victims is only a phone call away.”
In case of emergency you should always call 999, and the National Domestic Violence Helpline operates a free and confidential service 24 hours a day: 0808 2000 247.
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Posted on Monday 23rd December 2013