Think smart for a crime-free Christmas – that’s the message to be delivered by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping when he greets Christmas shoppers during his Friday morning visit to the Broadmarsh Centre in Nottingham (4 December).
He will also be taking the opportunity to discuss the challenging financial situation facing the Force as it grapples with multimillion pound cuts to its budget and the choices available to address the funding gap.
“For every crime committed over the festive period, a victim will be experiencing feelings of loss, anger, frustration and possibly fear,” said Mr Tipping.
“While it’s impossible to prevent every offence, we can make it harder for criminals to enjoy Christmas at our expense by taking action to reduce risk. A simple act of checking our doors and windows are locked and ensuring our valuables are ‘out of sight out of mind’ could stop offenders spoiling our Christmas and cashing-in on our hard-earned work.
“Christmas is big business for criminals and we should never let our security routines slip amid the festive excitement. Sparkly Christmas trees laden with gifts are as attractive to burglars as they are to our families – don’t make your home burglar-friendly this Christmas.”
Burglaries, shoplifting and car crime traditionally increase during the festive period as expensive goods become more accessible to criminals.
The Commissioner will be handing out specially-designed leaflets to alert shoppers to common sense crime prevention advice that could see them avoid becoming a victim of crime this Christmas.
As well as issuing safety advice, the Commissioner will also be raising the issue of funding with the public and finding out their ideas for meeting the savings required.
Nottinghamshire faced a grant reduction of 5.1% in 2015/16 which equated to a loss of £11m, taking into account inflation. There are clear indications that central police funding will be further reduced in future which means it is imperative that action is taken now to match resources to greatest need to reduce the risk of harm.
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Posted on Wednesday 2nd December 2015