Our Community Safety team have produced some great tips and advice to help you stay safe and secure this Christmas.
- Online Shopping
- Is the website reputable? Does it seem unusual? Is the deal too good to be true?
- When making payments look out for a secure symbol like a padlock on the screen.
- Report fraudulent websites to Action Fraud
2. Theft from Motor Vehicle
• Always lock the doors and close the windows when you leave your car.
• Do not leave anything on display in your car. Make sure any Christmas presents are out of sight.
• Do not leave valuables or personal documents in your glove box.
3. Bag Dipping
• Put your purse at the bottom of your bag and keep your bag closed. Never leave it on display.
• Do not carry large amounts of cash.
• Never write down your PIN or keep it with your cards.
- Do not leave presents on display.
- Only put out the packaging of new presents the day before your waste collection.
- Property mark all new equipment and update your insurance accordingly.
- Register your possessions on Immobilise for free.
5. Domestic Abuse
- Always phone 999 in an emergency. The police are there to protect you and your family. Keep your mobile fully charged.
- Tell family members, a friend or neighbour about the problems you are having so that they can support you.
- If you need emergency accommodation please call the Freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
6. Drinking and Driving
- Do not drink and drive.
- Plan your return journey home in advance.
- Remember, you may still be over the limit the following day.
7. Christmas Lights and Candles
- Always switch Christmas light off at night or when you go out.
- Do not attach decorations to lights, heaters or place near candles.
- Test your smoke alarms weekly and remember to clean it and remove dust.
8. Debt Management
- Get help and advice early. Call Money Advice on 01332 643395.
- Be realistic with family and friends about what you will spend on Christmas.
- Think ahead put a small amount aside each month towards next Christmas.
- Be aware of the high interest rates on short-term and ‘pay-day’ loans.
- Be mindful of where you are walking late at night.
- Take care when withdrawing money from ATM machines and be aware of who is around you.
- Avoid using mobile phones late at night unless necessary.
10. Counterfeit Goods and Fake Alcohol
- If the price seems to good to be true – it’s probably counterfeit.
- The proceeds from the sale of counterfeit goods funds other types of crime.
- Fake alcohol can be toxic.
11. Responsible Drinking
- Enjoy yourself but know your limits. If you are drunk you are more likely to be a victim of crime.
- Do not buy alcohol for young people.
- Dilute alcohol with soft drinks and stay hydrated.
12. Unlicensed Taxi’s
- Do not use an unlicensed taxi, use a yellow cab at the Taxi Marshall point or telephone a mini-cab firm.
- Ensure you keep enough money for your journey home.
- Keep your house keys safe and separate from your purse or wallet.