Police urge people to keep safe over holidays

| 05/12/2011

(CNS): As part of Operation Christmas Cracker, the RCIPS is urging people to take advice regarding their own personal safety over the holidays, and throughout the week police will be visiting community groups to provide personal safety tips.  Chief Inspector Angelique Howell, the operational commander of Christmas Cracker, offered some common sense safety tips reminding everyone to always let someone else know where you are going and to socialise in groups when out drinking as well as telling people not to leave their drinks unattended.

“During the festive season people go out more and in many cases they drink a bit more than usual. We would urge everyone to be responsible and be safety conscious,” Howell said.  “The aim of this week’s activity is to reinforce the simple, common sense stepsthat people can take to stay safe and crime free. But remember, this advice should be followed every day and night of the year, not just for Christmas.”

She reminded people to carry their cell phones and to stay in touch when driving to and from an event and she advised parking in a well-lit area. Those who are drinking alcohol should not drive but instead designate a booze free driver and never hitchhike or accept a ride from a stranger.

The police officer also advised that if someone makes an unwelcome approach not to become aggressive. Confidently and authoritatively tell him, or her, to back off and leave you alone but if the situation escalates call for help, she added.

If you wish to speak to an officer about personal safety concerns, please contact your nearest police station. More personal safety advice can be found on the RCIPS website – www.rcips.ky.

Operation Christmas Cracker began on 28 November and will run until 4 January. This year police are pursuing a comprehensive safety drive covering not just road safety but personal safety, home and business security and safety at sea.

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  1. Streetskillz says:

    They got that right because they can't do diddle squat to protect you around this place. they will jail however for traffic offences.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Why are the RCIPS advising people to "carry their cell phones and to stay in touch while driving"?  Isn't it now illegal to talk and drive?!?  Isn't that a big part of this whole interdiction campaign?

  3. so Anonymous says:

    Stay safe over the holidays. Go somewhere else.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yes, we know. We have to try to keep ourselves safe because no one else is going to help.  How we do that with no pepper spray or anything else to defend ourselves against gunmen, I have no idea.  

  5. Anonymous says:

    News flash to the RCIP. Everyone is already so paronoid that they are looking over their shoulder while sitting in the bathroom!!!

    No need to "urge" us of that.