Secrets for a safe Christmas season
GARDAI ISSUE 12 TIPS FOR A SAFE AND SECURE CHRISTMAS SEASON
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