Cracking Christmas crime

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POLICE in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales are offering advice on how people can stay safe during the festive season.

It is part of a seasonal campaign to help prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in the run up to Christmas.

This week officers are reminding people to celebrate safely and responsibly during the party season.

Community Safety Insp. Shaun Woodcock said: “We’re at that time of the year when many of us will be enjoying a night out in town centre bars or restaurants or perhaps organising a celebration at home.

“It should be a time for fun but excessive alcohol consumption can be a significant factor in many of the incidents the emergency services deal with at this time of year.”

Festive revellers are reminded to enjoy a safe night out by following these tips:

Plan your night out, including how you will get there and back.

Tell someone where you are going and when to expect you back.

Nominate a designated driver and don’t accept lifts from people you don’t know well.

Put aside enough money for the taxi fare home and only use licensed taxis.

Stay with your friends and avoid travelling home alone.

Look after your friends and colleagues.

Pace your drinking and stay within your own limits. Alcohol can stop you from being in control and can influence your choices.

Only accept drinks from those you trust and keep your drink with you at all times.

Look confident and stay in well-lit areas and public places.

Keep personal property secure and close to you. Don’t flash your cash or mobile phone.

Be aware of your surroundings, especially when at cash points or using your mobile phone.

Insp. Woodcock added: “I’m sure most people would not want to end the night with a trip to a hospital casualty department or a police cell so please take care when you drink, look after the safety of your friends, realise that you might be more vulnerable and plan ahead to get home safely.

“Officers will be patrolling locally on busy nights and we are working closely with partnership organisations and staff at licensed premises to minimise the risks of nuisance or danger.”