Fes­tive polic­ing plan is in full flow lo­cally

Rutherglen Reformer - - Crime Beat - Pat O’Cal­laghan

With Christ­mas fast ap­proach­ing, hope­fully you are bet­ter or­gan­ised than me for the big day.

What is or­gan­ised how­ever is your lo­cal fes­tive polic­ing plan. Here in Ruther­glen, our plans are in full flow to keep you safe.

How­ever we do need your help. Tak­ing a num­ber of sim­ple steps can make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to the safety of your­self, your loved ones and those pre­cious Christ­mas presents.

Over the Christ­mas pe­riod most peo­ple have presents and pos­si­bly more cash in their house than nor­mal.

It may seem ob­vi­ous, but please do all you can to keep your home se­cure and your property safe - lock all win­dows and doors, don’t leave gifts in view of the win­dows and were you can - keep cash on you to a min­i­mum.

If you’re lucky enough to be go­ing away for Christ­mas en­sure you set your house alarm if you have one, use timers on lights, can­cel any de­liv­er­ies and ask a neigh­bour or friend to keep their trusted eye on your home.

Any valu­ables or items of sen­ti­men­tal value should be stored in a safe lo­ca­tion.

If you’ve drawn the short straw and are host­ing a party with lots of guests, it can be all too easy for some­one you don’t know to slip in un­no­ticed.

Make sure you know ev­ery­one who is there. If you’re go­ing to a party, don’t let any­one tail­gate you into a house or through a con­trolled en­try door who may not be a guest.

Please enjoy Christ­mas nights out re­spon­si­bly - plan how you are go­ing to get home, pre-book taxis if pos­si­ble, it will en­sure you get home quickly and safely.

Also please be mind­ful of the new lower drink drive limit. On av­er­age - of­fi­cers across Scot­land stop a ve­hi­cle ev­ery two min­utes and ap­prox­i­mately 20,000 ve­hi­cles per month.

Don’t be the per­son who gets

Bul­let Great bit of ss copyss here thanks to fill the

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