Christmas 2015

Our officers and volunteers will be out and about helping to keep North Yorkshire safe over Christmas and we ask everyone to do their bit to stay safe and secure.

Christmas

This Christmas we're also using social media to spread the word about staying safe over the festive season. We want you to share your wishes for a safe Christmas on Twitter, using #NYPdearsanta, as we tweet safety messages in a series of letters to Santa.

You can also follow our updates on our Facebook page.

We have four simple messages for the festive season:

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Violence at home - call us

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We'll be working hard over the festive period, to make sure everyone stays as safe as possible. We do know that for those suffering domestic abuse, this can be a really hard time of year. Our wish for Christmas is that people don't suffer in silence - that they reach out and contact us for help.

Victims of domestic abuse are encouraged not to suffer in silence and to get the help they need. Domestic abuse increases over the Christmas period and it is vital that victims and their families get the support they need. If you don't want to call the police, Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) have a 24-hour helpline 03000 110 110 and have recently launched a live chat service on their website www.idas.org.uk.

Drink responsibly

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This Christmas we'll be patrolling our roads to make sure that we keep North Yorkshire as safe as possible. Our wish for Christmas is that nobody drinks or takes drugs and then decides to drive. That extra drink is not worth it. We've seen the effects of drink and drug driving - they are devastating. We just want everyone to have a safe and happy Christmas.

The drink and drug driving aspect is underpinned by Operation Attention which will see officers cracking down on drivers who put lives in danger by drinking or taking drugs before getting behind the wheel.

Plan your journey home

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We'll be working hard to keep people as safe as possible when they are out enjoying the festive period with friends, colleagues and family. Our wish for Christmas is that everyone takes care on their nights out and they plan how they are going to get home safely.

Christmas parties and family gatherings are often helped along with lots of alcohol. Simple personal safety measures can help keep you safe such as drinking within your limits, alternating with soft drinks, arranging transport home in advance and sticking with your friends on a night out

Lock up, light up

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This Christmas we'll be working hard to keep people and their belongings as safe as possible. We'll be out and about to provide a Christmas presence and reminding everyone to lock up and light up. Our wish for Christmas is that everyone locks their doors and garages and keeps their property safe.

You have worked hard all year to buy your loved ones gifts for Christmas - don't let a thief steal your Christmas. Criminals know there are rich pickings to be had at this time of year. Please make sure you keep presents and valuables out of sight of prying eyes. Always keep your doors locked, even when you are home. Use a light timer switch when you are out - a burglar is more likely to target an unlit home and keep your car keys hidden away.

Thanks Santa - hope our wish comes true!

Alcohol features heavily in many of the incidents we're are called to over the festive season. While we don't want to spoil anyone's fun, we do want people to stay safe and secure and have a peaceful Christmas. We see only too often the tragedy and heartache caused by too much drinking or drug taking. Christmas is the season of good will and we hope that everyone experiences this, whether they are our partying, staying in, or choosing not to celebrate.

You can follow our Christmas wishes on Twitter at #NYPdearsanta. The 'Dear Santa' letters will also feature in a press campaign across local papers throughout December. Beer mats, bar runners and mirror stickers carrying the four key messages will also be visible in a number of bars and pubs across the region.

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