This year's Festive Safety message is to stay safe whilst shopping, partying, at home or on the roads. We provide some important information to help you stay safe this Festive Period.
- Stay alert while using cash machines; if you spot any camera or suspicious device attached - do not use it.
- Don’t leave your shopping bags unattended.
- Park in a busy, well-lit area. Keep any presents out of view.
- Christmas Markets: Wrap up warm and look after each other. If you see something suspicious report it to an event steward or police officer.
- Online shopping: Make sure your web browser and internet security is up to date and use strong passwords.
- Be cautious of emails advertising a win or discounts.
- Be aware of fake products or websites.
- Plan your Christmas night out - stick with friends, charge your mobile and remember to take it with you.
- Think about how you'll get home. Book a taxi from a licensed company or arrange for family or a friend to pick you up.
- Drink responsibly and look after your friends. Don’t do drugs, there is no safe way of taking drugs.
- Avoid confrontations, just walk away. Be aware "one Punch can ruin two lives".
- Don’t leave a drink unattended or let a stranger buy you a drink without knowing what’s in it.
- If you believe you have been a victim of drink spiking then report it as soon as possible to police via 101.
- Keep your home secure - lock all windows and doors; set your house alarm and switch on timer lights.
- Don’t leave gifts in view of windows and keep cash in your home to a minimum.
- Make sure your house looks occupied.
- If you're going away for Christmas, don’t advertise it on social media. Ask a neighbour or friend to keep an eye out while you're away.
- If you're having a house party with lots of guests, make sure you know who everyone is.
- Ensure your car is winter ready - are your tyres, brakes, windscreens, wiper blades and windows free from defects and clean?
- Be aware of changing road conditions. In severe weather, increase stopping distances.
- Drive too fast and you'll put yourself and others at risk.
- Don't use a mobile phone or any device which could distract you whilst driving
- Drink driving - don’t risk it.
- Driving while distracted are significant factors in fatal and serious injury crashes
- Drive to the conditions of the road and be prepared for unexpected changes
- Know the road like the back of your hand? But what's around the corner? Be prepared for unexpected changes.
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