Twelve Safety Tips for Christ­mas

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1. Drink al­co­hol re­spon­si­bly. Wher­ever the cel­e­bra­tion — ev­ery­one should pro­mote safe be­hav­iour. 2. Plan your night out, tell some­one where you are go­ing and when you will be back. 3. You, your fam­ily or friends should never walk home alone. Re­mem­ber, safety in num­bers. If you have no other option, walk in well-lit ar­eas. 4. Take care when car­ry­ing your hand­bag, smart- phone or tablet in crowded ar­eas. Keep them in a safe lo­ca­tion, within view. 5. 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. 6. At ATMs only take out as much money as you need. Cover your pin num­ber and call the gar­daí if you be­lieve the ma­chine has been com­pro­mised. 7. Take care of your Christ­mas shop­ping and never leave it unat­tended, es­pe­cially in your car. 8. Park and lock your car in se­cure, well-lit ar­eas keep­ing valu­ables, in­clud­ing bags and coats, hid­den. 9. Se­cure all doors and win­dows of your home and use your alarm when the house is va­cant and when home at night. 10. Don’t leave Christ­mas presents in view from the out­side of your home. 11. If you are ex­pect­ing de­liv­er­ies, al­ways make sure some­one is there to col­lect it or ar­range for a trusted neigh­bour to take it in. 12. 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.

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