12 DAYS OF CRIME PREVENTION – DAY 5 TO DAY 11

Please find below Day 5 to Day 11 Crime Prevention advice sent this week from the Neighbourhood Policing Team:

DAY 5

Crime Prevention Advice in relation to night-time personal safety. Below are some tips for those who may be celebrating this festive season.

  • Christmas party season is in full swing – know your limits and look out for your family, friends and colleagues.
  • Pre-book safe transport home – save the number of a licensed taxi firm in your phone.
  • If you’re using public transport, avoid using isolated bus stops and know your train times by preparing beforehand.
  • Stay with your friends and never walk home alone.
  • Keep an eye on your drinks and never leave them unattended. Even soft drinks could get spiked.
  • What can start as a fun night out, can turn into a nightmare. The ‘One Punch Can Kill’ campaign reminds people that in a split second a person can become a killer or be killed.

For more information about personal safety, please visit https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/personal-safety-and-possessions

DAY 6

Today we look at online device safety, especially for those who may be thinking of buying their child any kind of online device. It’s important to put measures in place so that the risk of potential harm is minimised.

  • Are parental locks in place?
  • Are the correct privacy settings in place?
  • Talk to your child about what rules, guidelines, time limits etc. should be set.

Work together in order to achieve what you think is the best outcome for your child. Please see the #YourChild campaign for more information.

You can also visit our website here https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/online-crime-safety/online-safety/cyber-crime/advice-parents

DAY 7

On the seventh day of our Crime Prevention Advice campaign, we look at anti-social behaviour.

During the run up to Christmas, levels of anti-social behaviour can increase.

  • If you’re having a house party, please consider the noise levels and how it can cause nuisance to other residents on your street.
  • There might be an increase in groups of people or youths street drinking or gathering in certain places i.e. parks. If you think the gatherings are getting out of hand please contact the Police on 101 if it’s not an emergency or 999 if it is.
  • Remember to keep an eye out for your neighbours, family and friends.
  • Fireworks – They can cause damage and can cause serious injuries if not used properly. It is also an offence to set off fireworks in a public place. It is an offence to buy fireworks by anyone under the age of 18. You can be fined or imprisoned for buying or using fireworks illegally.

For more information about Anti-Social Behaviour, please visit the following link:
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/abuse-anti-social-behaviour/anti-social-behaviour/anti-social-behaviour

DAY 8

Historically, incidents of domestic abuse increase over Christmas when the pressures of family, money and an increase in alcohol consumption place additional strain on relationships.

  • Always phone 999 in an emergency. We are there to protect you and your family. Keep your mobile fully charged.
  • Tell family members, a friend or neighbour about the problems you are having so that they can support you.
  • If you need emergency accommodation please call the free phone National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

For more information about domestic abuse, you can visit our website on the link below:
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/abuse-anti-social-behaviour/domestic-abuse

DAY 9

The festive period can be a costly time for many with presents to buy and events to attend. West Yorkshire Police will be carrying out increased enforcement activity on our roads to remind people of the potentially fatal consequences of driving under the influence. #WYPTheCost
The consequences of driving under the influence can include prison time, an unlimited fine and a driving ban. This in addition to the devastating emotional impact on those involved, their families and loved ones if someone is injured as a result of a collision.

Any driver who is stopped due to concerns over the manner of driving, a vehicle defect or is involved in a collision will be breathalysed by officers.

Don’t forget alcohol can still be in your system the morning after the night before so know your limits.

If you’re going out, make sure you either book a taxi home or have a designated driver for the night.

For more information about our campaign click the following link:
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/DrinkDrugDrive

DAY 10

If you’re visiting a Christmas market or going to busy shopping centres over the festive period, it’s important to remember the ‘run, hide and tell’ guidance in case of a terrorist incident.

• Run to a place of safety. If there’s nowhere to go, then…
• Hide. It’s better to hide than confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can. Then finally and only when it is safe to do so…
• Tell. Call the police on 999.
• Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency, 999.

For more information visit https://www.counterterrorism.police.uk/northeast/

DAY 11

Today we look at personal information, fraud and how to avoid it.

  • Do not give any personal information (name, address, bank details, email and/or phone number) to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.
  • Do not click on any links on emails you may think do not look genuine. More often than not it will be a phishing email that are sent out to deceive people into giving them your personal information.
  • Destroy and preferably shred receipts with your card details on and post with your name and address on. Identity fraudsters don’t need much information in order to be able to clone your identity.
  • If you receive telephone calls that you think may not be genuine, please do not engage them in conversation.

If you’re a victim of fraud or would like more advice, please contact Action Fraud, you can find them on https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

You can also find more information about fraud or financial crime on the below link:
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/fraud-and-financial-crime/fraud-and-financial-crime