Keys, money, phone, plans to get home is just one of the messages that Swindon Community Safety Partnership will be promoting this Christmas. This simple message is aimed at those who will be out and about celebrating the festive season.
These easy steps that people can take to avoid their Christmas becoming one to forget will be the focus of a campaign by Swindon’s Community Safety Partnership this year.
Throughout December and early January, the partnership agencies will be organising a series of events urging people to ‘Enjoy the Festive season but be sensible, be safe’.
A major event involving a number of organisations will be at Havelock Square in Swindon town centre on Saturday 8 December.
Richard Palusinski, Head of the Swindon Community Safety Partnership, said: “Christmas is a time when people relax, and we hope they do, but not so much that they give criminals easy pickings, or they put themselves at risk.
“Taking a few simple but important steps can help the Christmas season to be the enjoyable experience it ought to be.”
Swindon Community Safety Partnership are urging people who plan to go out and celebrate to remember four key things before they go out for the evening – Keys, Money, Phone, Plans to get home
People are reminded to:
Pre-book a taxi – make sure you know how you’re getting home.
Look out for your friends and arrange a safe meeting place in case you get separated.
Save an ICE* number in your phone. *(In Case of Emergency)
Stash some cash in case you lose your purse.
Know your limits and always stay in control
Tips to keep property safe include not leaving presents on display in the car or at home, security marking all valuables and disposing of packaging and boxes carefully to avoid advertising to thieves what new items are potentially available to steal. Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is also reminding people not to take risks with candles or flammable wrapping.
Posters and postcards with advice to householders, car owners and shoppers are being displayed at key sites around Swindon town centre and Wiltshire Police will be increasing visible patrols in the town centre, supported by the Street Pastors.