Se­crets for a safe Christ­mas sea­son

GARDAI IS­SUE 12 TIPS FOR A SAFE AND SE­CURE CHRIST­MAS SEA­SON

Bray People - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

WHILE Christ­mas is a time for plenty of fun and cel­e­bra­tion it can also be a peak time for crime.

To help mem­bers of the pub­lic re­main safe and to pro­tect them­selves and their prop­erty over the com­ing weeks An Garda Siochána has is­sued its ‘ Twelve Safety Tips of Christ­mas’.

‘Christ­mas should be a time of year for ev­ery­one to en­joy. Our aim is to help peo­ple have a safe and peace­ful Christ­mas, and not have to spend the fes­tive pe­riod deal- ing with dif­fi­cult and pos­si­bly trau­matic sit­u­a­tions for them­selves or their fam­i­lies,’ a Garda spokesper­son ex­plained.

Top of the list is the ad­vice to drink al­co­hol re­spon­si­bly and to pro­mote safe be­hav­iour wher­ever the cel­e­bra­tion.

Gar­daí ad­vise that you should plan your night out and let some­one know where you will be go­ing and when you will be back.

When it comes to walk­ing home, Gar­daí say there is safety in num­bers and to walk home in groups if pos­si­ble.

If you have no op­tion but to walk alone then al­ways choose a well lit route.

Take care when car­ry­ing your hand­bag, smart phone or tablet in crowded ar­eas. Keep them in a safe lo­ca­tion, within view.

Watch out for pick­pock­ets in crowded ar­eas. Keep hand­bags zipped and don’t put your wal­let in your back pocket. In bars and restau­rants take care about where you store coats and hand­bags.

In relation to ATMs only take out as money much as you need. Cover your pin num­ber and call the Gar­daí if you be­lieve the ma­chine has been com­pro­mised.

Take care of your Christ­mas shop­ping and never leave it unat­tended, es­pe­cially in your car which should al­ways be locked and parked in se­cure, well lit ar­eas.

Never leave valu­ables on view in the car and keep bags and coats hid­den.

Se­cure all doors and win­dows of our home and use your alarm when the house is va­cant and when home at night.

Don’t leave Christ­mas presents in view from the out­side of your home.

If you’re ex­pect­ing de­liv­er­ies, al­ways make sure some­one is there to col­lect it or ar­range for a trusted neigh­bour to take it in.

Fi­nally, if you’re go­ing away for Christ­mas, make your home look oc­cu­pied. Leave a light on and get a trusted neigh­bour to check on your prop­erty.

Fur­ther crimepre­ven­tion ad­vice is avail­able on­www.garda.ie

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