Police launch festive safety campaign in East Lothian

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Lothian and Borders Police are launching their Christmas safety drive in East Lothian to ensure local residents have a safe and enjoyable festive season.

At this time of the year, the Police want to ensure that all communities have a safe and merry Christmas and will be undertaking a range of initiatives to ensure this is the case and would ask that the public assist by taking the necessary steps, whether in preventing crime or drinking responsibly.

By working with partners, officers will be working to highlight issues such as domestic abuse, antisocial behaviour and theft. Under Operation Essential, a dedicated team of officers will specifically be working on housebreaking and theft. As part of this they will go after known offenders and work with partners to raise awareness of the importance of home security to try and deter criminals.

In addition, Operation Equinox will see increased patrols in identified hot spot areas targeting anti social behaviour and violence and there will also be dedicated retail initiatives in Haddington and Musselburgh town centres, as well as extra high visibility patrols in other towns. Community Safety officers will also carry out a series of road shows highlighting ATM security, safe shopping online and how to avoid falling victim to scams this Christmas.

The national drink drive campaign is now underway, and local officers will be supporting this through the Winter Safety Roadshows. At these events people will be given information and advice on how to deal with adverse weather, and keeping your car winter ready.

Superintendent Phil O’Kane said: “Everyone is busy in the run up to Christmas, but we want to make sure people in East Lothian enjoy safe, secure Christmas celebrations as it is also one of our busiest times of year.

“We will have more officers out and about in our towns and villages over the coming weeks, but are asking people to take steps to avoid falling victim to crime, whether it be keeping personal belongings safe, or drinking sensibly if you’re enjoying a night out.

“Information and advice on crime prevention is available on the Lothian and Borders Police website, and I would encourage people to follow the tips provided to make sure they stay safe this Christmas.”

Anyone seeking further information or advice regarding personal or home security should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131 and ask to speak to their local crime prevention officer, or consult the website www.lbp.police.uk.

Locations where community safety officers will be highlighting security issues:

18/12/12 - Tesco, North Berwick (morning)

20/12/12 - Asda, Dunbar (morning)

21/12/12 - Brunton Theatre (12 - 3pm)

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