Christmas

 Don't drink and drive this Christmas

Video transcript

  • Don't drink and drive this Christmas video transcript

    Words spoken by Sgt Chris Appleby, Roads Policing

    Christmas is fast approaching and TVP are out on the roads again enforcing drink-drive regulation which is particularly relevant at this time of year when there are so many temptations for drivers to drink and then drive their vehicles. Members of the public will be stopped and required to provide samples of breath for analysis at the roadside. Should people refuse to provide those samples of breath they may be arrested and if those samples of breath prove positive they will be arrested and taken to a police station where they will be booked into custody. Once the driver has provided samples within the custody suite at the police station they will be detained and taken to a cell and locked in a cell until they are below the legal limit to drive a vehicle. That can be a substantial period of time. Once their alcohol levels have fallen below the legal limit they can be charged and bailed to appear before the local magistrates’ court. If you are convicted of drink-driving then ultimately you may find that you will are disqualified from driving for a substantial period. This can result in your insurance premiums going up when you can drive again. Also not having a license can severely affect your employment. Many employers will curtail your employment as a result of your being disqualified from driving.

Top tips on avoiding online fraud this Christmas

If you shop, bank or make transactions online, please consider the crime prevention advice below to make sure that your personal details are protected from fraudsters and computer hackers:

  • Is your web browser security set to the highest level? Examples of web browsers are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla.
  • Use the latest version of a web browser for added security. Use automatic updates to keep your computer and web browser security up-to-date.
  • Is there a padlock symbol at the bottom of the web browser and 'https' at the start of the web address? If they are not there, don't enter any bank or card details.
  • If you are concerned, telephone the company to ask about its online encryption.
  • Print out electronic receipts and keep them in a safe place.
  • Check bank and card statements to make sure that the details match.
  • Never give out your Personal Identification Number (PIN) to anyone - this includes anyone who claims to be from your bank.
  • Your bank will never ask you to re-enter your account information. They will never ask you to send your PIN number in an email.

For more information, visit the Financial Fraud Action UK website. Financial Fraud Action UK is a banking group that works with police and retailers to help prevent credit card fraud.

If you are a victim of internet fraud, report it by calling your bank or credit card company directly. They will verify the crime and report it to Action Fraud. This reduces bureaucracy and speeds up investigations.

Bank Safe Online

Bank Safe Online is the UK banking industry’s initiative to help online banking customers to stay safe online. For more information, visit the Bank Safe Online website.

Five top tips on personal safety for a crime-free Christmas:

  • When Christmas shopping, be aware of how much you are carrying with you. iPods, digital cameras, mobile phones and extra cash to buy presents mean you could be the ideal target for thieves.
  • When you are out and about at Christmas, don’t leave your bag unattended. Keep your purse safe in an internal pocket, and don’t carry your PIN number with you.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended. It takes a matter of seconds for someone to tamper with your drink.
  • Have you ever considered getting a personal safety alarm? Don’t allow threats of crime to intimidate you into never going anywhere alone. Just be aware of what’s going on around you and be confident that you can keep safe.
  • Plan your journey home. If you use a taxi, ensure it is registered. If you have to walk home, try and walk with a friend, stick to well lit and busy streets, and make sure someone knows the route you are taking.

Five top tips on home security for a crime-free Christmas:

  • Property-mark presents and valuables with your postcode, house number or name, then register on the Immobilise website (opens new window). Make a note of all model numbers and serial numbers of all electrical items.
  • Keep presents out of view – placing presents in plain view of windows will only draw attention to your house and its contents.
  • Be cautious when using social media such as Facebook – do you really want to advertise that your home is empty by showing you are somewhere else or having a countdown to your holiday?
  • Invest in a timer to open and close your curtains or turn on your lights or, better yet, ask a family member or neighbour to pop in and do it at random times of the day so a potential thief does not see an exact pattern.
  • Dispose of boxes and rubbish discreetly. Leaving boxes outside will give away the fact that you have new and valuable items in the house.

Five top tips on vehicle security for a crime-free Christmas:

  • Make sure nothing is left on display in your car. Even small belongings can be tempting to a thief. Never think leaving items in the boot is safe either. Who is to say someone didn't see you leave them there?
  • Bill if your car is broken into: excess for insurance - £50, stolen presents - £250, having your car valeted to remove glass - £15.
  • Help drive thieves crackers this Christmas by giving extra thought to your personal and vehicle security. When considering where to park, look for a well lit, busy area. For additional security look out for the Park Mark (opens new window) security approved car parks.
  • Never leave your keys in the ignition while your vehicle is unattended, even for a few minutes. Thieves will steal cars that have been left with the engine running to defrost the windows.
  • Car crime accounts for more than a quarter of all reported crime in the UK, so always take precautions and lock your car, making sure windows are closed, even if you’re away from your vehicle for just a few minutes.

Speak out this Christmas against domestic abuse

  • Domestic abuse can take many forms: it doesn’t have to be physical violence. It includes emotional, sexual or financial abuse, as well as violence. First port of call is the police.
  • Are you afraid of your partner, ex-partner or a family member? Do you avoid family and friends because of your partner? Do you feel as if you are walking on eggshells at home? Is your partner charming one minute and abusive the next? If you say yes to one or more of these, then you may be suffering domestic abuse.
  • Everyone's situation and circumstances are different; however, the need to keep yourself and your children safe is of the utmost importance. Remember it is not your fault and there is help available.
  • How far will you let it go? Speak up... before it is too late. If you know someone is suffering domestic abuse, help them. Make that call.
  • Are you worried about your abusive behaviour towards your partner? Have you even been violent towards your partner? You can choose to stop. Contact Respect on 0808 802 4040 for help and support.

If you need help and advice about domestic abuse, dial 101 or 999 in an emergency or visit the Speak Out Today website (opens new window).

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