Police launch seasonal crackdown on crime

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POLICE in the High Peak are advising how to stay safe during the festive season as part of a seasonal campaign to help prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in the run up to Christmas.

Officers are reminding people to celebrate safely and responsibly during the party season by following these tips:

* Plan your night out, including how you will get there and back.

* Tell someone where you are going and when to expect you back.

* Nominate a designated driver and don’t accept lifts from people you don’t know well.

* Put aside enough money for the taxi fare home and only use licensed taxis.

* Stay with your friends and avoid travelling home alone.

* Look after your friends and colleagues.

* Pace your drinking and stay within your own limits. Alcohol can stop you from being in control and can influence your choices.

* Only accept drinks from those you trust and keep your drink with you at all times.

* Look confident and stay in well-lit areas and public places.

* Keep personal property secure and close to you. Don’t flash your cash or mobile phone.

* Be aware of your surroundings, especially when at cash points or using your mobile phone.

Community Safety Inspector Shaun Woodcock said: “Officers will be patrolling locally on busy nights and we are working closely with partnership organisations and staff at licensed premises to minimise the risks of nuisance or danger.”