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Keep Christmas special with Suffolk police

PUBLISHED: 14:42 29 November 2010

RESIDENTS, revellers and motorists across the county are being urged to heed Suffolk Constabulary’s festive messages so that everyone enjoys a safe Christmas.

The force’s 12 Themes of Christmas campaign started today (Monday) and runs every weekday through to mid-December, with the aim of ensuring everyone enjoys themselves in safe and secure surroundings. During the festive period, the force will be issuing safety and awareness messages while also reminding people that “criminals don’t take a holiday over the Christmas period”.

Beginning with advice on how not to become a burglary victim, police aim to give people practical tips on avoiding contact with criminals while at the same time highlighting the consequences of ignoring the messages.

A 60-second film has also been produced to attract Christmas shoppers to the drink responsibly campaign. The film, which can be viewed at http://files.onesuffolk.co.uk/policefbook/xmasdrinkinglarger.wmv, illustrates the consequences of misbehaving and letting your guard down on a night out.

Chief Insp Kerry Pauling believes the film, which will also feature on the force’s website and Facebook page, will strike a chord with many people and make them stop and think about the police advice as well as showing the human side of policing.

“The message we’re trying to give to people is: Keep it safe, keep it real and drink responsibly. Don’t risk a criminal record for the new year,” said Chief Insp Pauling. “One night of over-indulgence can seriously ruin your future.

“Our aim with the film is to attract people to our campaign and help them understand what we face every Christmas. In addition to the film, personal safety leaflets will be available. Although we want people to enjoy themselves, it is vital that everyone thinks about their safety. People must take responsibility for their actions when at home or out and about.

“Criminals should be under no illusions. If they commit crime this Christmas, they will face the season behind bars,” Chief Insp Pauling added.

Christmas should be a happy occasion, but it can lead to people dropping their guard and giving criminals the opportunity to take advantage. Police patrols will continue throughout the festive season; however, it is essential that everyone follows a few simple steps to ensure that this Christmas is safe and happy for all.

Every weekday, the police safety and awareness messages aim to ensure a happy festive season is had by all. As well as burglary and responsible drinking, other themes include shoplifting, underage drinking and domestic abuse.

Chief Insp Pauling added: “The issues shown in the film remind people to take responsibility for their actions. Listening to our information only takes a few minutes, but could save you from the misery and heartache crime can cause. By following the advice we hope that everyone can have a happy Christmas.”

Community safety roadshows, organised by crime reduction officers and involving Safer Neighbourhood Teams, will take place at various supermarkets across the county to help promote safety and awareness messages.


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