12 messages of Christmas

12 Dec 2016 11:51 AM

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Northumbria Police is offering its 12 messages of Christmas once again this year to help ensure a safe and enjoyable festive season.

Launching today (Monday, December 12) the campaign will see 12 different messages delivered in the 12 days before Christmas across Sunderland and South Tyneside.

Messages will cover a range of topics from crime prevention advice, staying safe on a night out and online safety.

Residents will be encouraged to lock burglars out in the cold, have none for the road and keep their Christmas gifts hidden when Christmas shopping.

The campaign was first launched last year.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC said: "This is a great time of year and I'm pleased to back thisĀ  campaign that will see a range of crime prevention and safety messages delivered to our local communities in the run up to Christmas to ensure everyone stays safe and enjoys the festive season."

Southern Area Command Superintendent Sarah Pitt said: "The festive season is a fun time with lots going-on from Christmas parties to Christmas shopping and visiting family and friends and we want to help ensure people stay safe and can enjoy the festivities.

"It can be a busy time and with all the rushing around we know it can be easy to forget some crime prevention and safety messages, our 12 messages of Christmas is aimed at gently reminding people of the steps they can take to help keep them safe and help stop them from being a victim of crime.

"Our messages cover a wide range of topics from personal safety on a night out and not letting alcohol ruin a night - not just for them but others as well.

"Many people now do their Christmas shopping online, but for those venturing to the shops we will be asking them to make sure they lock their vehicles and don't leave expensive valuables on display - especially in unlocked vehicles. And, we will be issuing advice to make sure when they get the presents home they don't leave their home open to thieves.

"Bogus callers, anti-social behaviour and online safety will also be covered as we ask people to look out for elderly or vulnerable relatives and friends and help prevent them from being targeted by bogus callers.

"Most teenagers now have access to social media which is a great way for them to keep in contact, especially during the holidays, but there are obvious risks and will be raising awareness of this.

"We want everyone to have a great time this Christmas and not have the festive season ruined by being a victim of crime."

To receive the 12 festive messages visit Northumbria Police's Southern Area Command social media sites. Follows us on twitter - @npsunderland @npsouthtyneside and visit the Northumbria Police Southern Area Command facebook pages for Sunderland and South Tyneside.

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