Festive Safety Campaign launches

The launch was held at the Overgate in Dundee

The launch was held at the Overgate in Dundee

Police Scotland, Tayside Division, launched their own Festive Safety Campaign at Overgate Centre, Dundee today (Monday), urging the public to take personal safety and security seriously during December and ensure criminals don’t enjoy the festive season.

Officers from Safer Communities, along with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards were on hand to provide advice regarding personal safety and home security over the Festive period.

Pamphlets were available at the launch

Pamphlets were available at the launch

Inspector Allan Elderbrant said: “It is important that people are able to enjoy the festive season and celebrate with friends and family. We’re asking people to think about their personal safety and the security of their belongings at home, work and when out and about shopping or attending organised events. There are criminals who will look to take advantage or exploit people at this time of year. Our festive messaging includes a list of do’s and don’ts to help people stay safe - at home, online and while out and about. Don’t let someone else spoil this festive season.”

The online campaign, using Police Scotland’s Twitter, Facebook and website channels, covers four key areas: Shop; Home; Party; and Road safety.

People need to be alert at cash machines and to look after their purses, wallets or bags, particularly at a time of year when people may be carrying larger than normal amounts of cash and bags of shopping.

When online, shoppers are reminded to make sure their web browser and internet security is up to date and to look for the padlock icon in the address line before entering any credit or debit card details.

With many homes containing valuable gifts on the run up to and after Christmas Day, it is important to keep your home secure by locking all windows and doors when out and keeping gifts out of view. If you have an alarm, make sure it is set correctly.

When planning a night out, stick with friends, charge your mobile and think about how you will get home safely. If using a private hire, book it in advance from a reputable company, or use a licensed taxi if you are unable to arrange for family or a friend to pick you up. On no account leave with a stranger.

For drivers, the message is: be aware of changing road conditions and in severe weather remember to increase stopping distances. And, of course, do not drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs as there is no safe limit.

To keep up to date with the latest advice people can follow @policescotland on Twitter using the hashtag #KeepXmasSafe or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/policescotland.

The local campaign is part of the annual national festive safety campaign, which was launched on Thursday, November 24, by Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams.

Anyone who has concerns about their personal safety, or information about any criminal activity, is asked to call Police Scotland on 101; in an emergency always call 999. Alternatively people can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.