Keep Safe over the festive period

Published 21 November 2014

The Police Scotland marketing campaign for personal safety over the festive period launches today Friday 21st November.

Superintendent Danny Hatfield, from Police Scotland Safer Communities team, said:

“Communities across Scotland become busier day and night over the festive period with shoppers and people out celebrating. Police Scotland wants to ensure people have a great time by providing some basic prevention advice and tips on keeping safe – whether shopping, socialising, within the home or online.

Unfortunately there are those who exploit the festive period for the wrong reasons. Prevention is essential in removing opportunities for criminals.

On the run up to Christmas everyone is busy making preparations, whether out shopping, buying gifts online or out celebrating with friends and family. We are asking you to take a moment to think about the simple preventative measures you can take to discourage criminals and to stay safe.”

The campaign will address four main areas of public safety – shop safety, online safety, party safe and home safety:

Shop safe advice (both outside and at home) includes staying alert at cash machines and making sure that your internet security is up to date before shopping online.

Keep Safe on the Move

Online safety advice advises people to think of the possible consequences before they post photos of their Christmas night out online.

Keep Secure Online

Social Media Advice

Party safe advice includes planning ahead for your night out, organising your travel arrangements and sticking with your friends and being sensible about how much you drink. 

Party Safe

Home safety advice includes making sure that houses are kept secure and that gifts aren’t left in view through windows.

Secure your Home


Contact Details

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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