Police offer Christmas crime safety tips

Suffolk Police safer neighbourhoods team car ANL-150812-120146001
Suffolk Police safer neighbourhoods team car ANL-150812-120146001

Sussex Police are working hard to keep people safe this Christmas, and are delivering a series of crime prevention messages and guidance on social media in the run up to the festive period.

The advice includes tips on personal safety, online safety, home security and protecting yourself from fraud. We can all do our bit to make it harder for criminals to operate and ensure Sussex is a safe place to celebrate this season.

Seasonal trends show an increase in ‘crimes of opportunity’ at this time of year including the theft of wallets, purses and bags and other unattended property, as well as those gifts purchased for family and friends.

Make sure Christmas presents are not left visible in your car, in unattended shopping bags or visible to passers by in a window under your Christmas tree.

Sussex Police launched its Christmas drink-drive crack-down at the beginning of the month .

A total of 22 people were charged in the first week of the campaign.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk/.

Over the past few months Sussex Police Public Engagement Officers (PEOs) have worked hard and created some unique crime prevention visuals. Using their experience of engaging with the public, the PEOs have worked with colleagues, special constables, volunteers, partners, children and even Lego, achieving innovative results! Some videos are targeted for the festive season but many also act as a reminder to be vigilant all year round.

From the beginning of December, and every other day in the run up to Christmas, a key message and supporting video will be released on the Sussex Police Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as on their district pages with the hashtag #SafeChristmas.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Please share these important messages with your friends and family to help protect you, your home and your possessions.”

Anyone who witnesses a crime or any suspicious activity should call Sussex Police on 101 and in an emergency always dial 999.

You can also visit the Sussex Police website to find out more about appeals and news stories, by going to www.sussex.police.uk/whats-happening/latest/news-stories

For your local officer’s contact details, information about local events and meetings and actions being taken regarding your priorities, visit www.sussex.police.uk/help-centre/your-local-district/eastbourne.

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