Advice on offer for Blaby residents on how to enjoy a safer Christmas

A campaign to provide advice and information on how to enjoy a safer Christmas will launch at the Blaby Christmas lights switch-on this Friday (30 November).

The Blaby Community Safety Partnership’s Safer Christmas campaign includes several events where the team will be on hand with crime prevention advice, as well as giving out bags of community safety information and purse bells.

The focus at the Christmas lights switch-on will be young people and will target issues such as drug and alcohol awareness, sexual health, and World Aids Day, which is on December 1.

The team will be based on board the BB19 Youth Bus, which will be parked on Lutterworth Road in the lay-by near the shops.

As part of the Christmas campaign, the Community Safety team will also be at Asda Fosse Park, Wednesday December 5, 9.30 – 12.00, Sainsburys Fosse Park, Monday December 10, 2pm – 4pm, and the Food Hall and surrounding area at Fosse Park on Tuesday December 18, 6pm – 9pm.

The team will be providing information and advice to people on home security, the theft of Christmas presents from vehicles, domestic abuse at Christmas, drug and alcohol abuse, and crime prevention in general.

The partnership has produced a Christmas menu, which aims to get crime prevention messages across to residents in a fun way. Copies of the menu will be given out at all the events.

Councillor Jackie Dickinson, Chairperson of the Community Safety Partnership, said:

“We want everyone to have fun at Christmas, but it’s important to stay safe at the same time. By following some of our key messages, hopefully this can be achieved.

“If anyone witnesses any suspicious activity please report to the police immediately, an early call may prevent a crime or lead to a suspect being arrested. The police can be contacted on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”

Inspector Sanj Pattani, Commander of Blaby Local Policing Unit, said:

“December can be a very busy month so events such as this are very welcome because they remind people to lock their windows and doors, not to leave Christmas presents in their cars and to think about their personal safety when they are enjoying the festivities.

“It is also the right time to keep an eye on your neighbours, and others within the community, and report any suspicious activity to the police as quickly as possible. Local officers will be targeting known offenders in the run up to Christmas to try and ensure they don’t ruin anyone’s celebrations.”

For more information on this year’s campaign email the Community Safety team at communitysafety@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7725.

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