Belfast Telegraph

Help us make Christmas safer: PSNI

Police in north Belfast have set themselves three priorities this Christmas — to keep people safe in their homes, when out socialising and on the roads.

Police will be deploying high-visibility patrols — in cars, on bikes and on foot — in key hot-spot areas to prevent crime and reassure householders, shoppers, revellers and motorists.

The North Belfast Area Commander, Chief Inspector Andrew Freeburn, said it was vital that people assisted police in ensuring that everybody but the criminals could enjoy a safe, peaceful and crime-free Christmas.

“The fact is that nearly 40% of all burglaries are committed through unlocked doors and windows, so householders themselves can help by ensuring that precious presents for their loved ones and other treasured possessions do not fall prey to heartless, opportunistic burglars,” he said.

“Do not leave any presents lying around in plain sight where they can easily be spotted. Often the shape and size of a wrapped present tells a potential thief all they need to know about its contents.”

Chief Inspector Freeburn said police had been working closely with Belfast City Council and the Belfast Chamber of Commerce to ensure that the ‘Get Home Safe’ campaign, which involves night-time high visibility patrols, would help keep party-goers out of trouble.

Councillor Ian Crozier, chairman of the North Belfast District Policing Partnership, said: “The police are making a special effort to keep us safe over the festive period and it is essential that we do everything possible to help them by not making ourselves more vulnerable.

“Anyone noticing suspicious behaviour should report it to the police.”

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