Dec 18 2012 By Jack Griffith
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CHRISTMAS shoppers and revellers are being urged to stay on their guard over the festive period.
The holidays traditionally bring tidings of comfort and joy, and Hillingdon Police say they don't want the actions of opportunist criminals to spoil that.
There are more reported pickpocketing and theft offences at this time of year, when the evenings are darker, the streets and shopping areas are busier, and party-goers are letting their hair down and sinking a few bevvies.
Borough Commander Steve Kershaw is urging the public to stay safe, and said patrolling officers will be doing their part and have an increased presence on the streets in the coming weeks..
"Hillingdon remains a safe place to shop and visit and we want our residents and visitors to enjoy the area's shops and the night-life.
"I ask that if you are out socialising please do what you can to keep safe by being aware of your surroundings and belongings at all times. Your actions can make all the difference in reducing crime.
"I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very safe and merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
People hitting the town in the next few weeks are urged to avoid walking alone in deserted, unlit areas, and use booked, licensed minicabs and taxis to ensure a safe journey home.
By following the advice listed, you can protect yourself from becoming a victim of crime
- Keep valuables out of sight, in a secure bag or front pocket
- Do not leave bags, coats and other personal belongings unattended in bars and restaurants.
- Cover your PIN number when using ATMs or paying by card in clubs and bars.
- Do not leave drinks unattended in clubs and bars.
- Think ahead and plan your journey.
- Only use licensed taxis/cabs that have been booked.
- Avoid walking alone at night (particularly lone females) and keep to well-lit main roads. Avoid short cuts like alleyways, and wooded, bushy areas.
- Let someone know where you are going, the route you intend to take and when you expect to return.
- Avoid wearing headphones
- Sit among people when travelling on public transport.
- Never approach a minicab on the street or accept a fare. Only black cabs can pick passengers up on the street without a booking.
- When it arrives, check it's for you by getting the driver to confirm your booking details and check the driver’s ID
- Get three local cab numbers by texting ‘CAB’ to 60835