Police launch Christmas advice campaign
Devon and Cornwall Police this week launched a safety advice campaign for the festive season called "The 12 Days of Christmas Advice".
The Force has a message to release each day for the 12 working days over Christmas and up to New Year, beginning 12 December. Each day's message will be released on the Force's Facebook page, Twitter feed and the Devon and Cornwall Police website.
The aim of the campaign is to provide information and advice about public safety over the Christmas period in a concise and festive way.
Overall crime is down by 4.7% this year, compared to the same period last year, but despite this decrease the Force does not want to be complacent as traditionally police see an increase in some types of crime, particularly alcohol-related crime such as drink driving and also burglary, over the Christmas period.
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The Force wants people to know how to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime and encourage them to avoid situations that could potentially put them at risk of harm.
Devon and Cornwall Police want to encourage the public to follow the Force's Facebook page and share the messages or re-tweet the advice posted on Twitter to their friends and family.
The 12 Days of Christmas Advice includes key messages on subjects including:
• Alcohol awareness and knowing when to stop.
• Keeping yourself safe.
• The dangers of drink driving.
• Keeping your home, vehicles and possessions secure.
• Christmas shopping in stores and online.
• Domestic abuse and alcohol.
Deputy Chief Constable David Zinzan said "We are encouraging people to keep these 12 messages in mind and keep themselves and their friends and families safe this festive period. These messages are based around the common crimes and issues that people face in the run up to Christmas. Often alcohol consumption plays a big part in this and remains a priority for us."
He continued "We want everyone to enjoy the festive season and for it to be a happy time of year. Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly remain one of the safest places in the UK to live and we want to keep it that way."