Advice and tips on making your Christmas safer
Our Chase Community Safety Partnership is helping residents stay safe this Christmas with the launch of a new campaign ’12 days to a safer Christmas’.
A series of crime prevention messages and useful tips will be promoted day, highlighting community safety priorities over the festive season.
See below useful tips for 12 days to a safer Christmas....
Day 1 - Online shopping
If buying online, counterfeiters often steal pictures and formatting from the real websites to make their websites look legitimate, so don't be fooled by a professional-looking website. If you find typos, grammatical and spelling errors, or incomplete information, then the site is probably fake.
These scam websites are often difficult to tell from genuine ones but there are some tell-tale signs people can look out for.
People should be wary if the site:
- Has no information about the identity of the person operating the business such as the proprietor’s name or the company’s full name
- Has no geographic address for the business, preventing people from locating the business in the event of a dispute
- Makes no mention of any cancellation rights
- Only accepts payments via money transfer services such as MoneyGram and/ or Western Union
People should also be particularly wary of goods being offered for sale on social networks. Quite often these are counterfeit goods which are potentially dangerous and of poor quality.
People with concerns about shopping online should visit Citizens Advice on www.citizensadvice.org.uk or telephone Citizens Advice consumer helpline: 03454 04 05 06.
Day 2: Mini motos
- If buying a mini moto bike ensure you have the correct licence and insurance to ride on a road
- If you are found to be using a mini moto illegally Staffordshire Police will seize the vehicle and it may be crushed
Your actions could cause nuisance to others
Day 3: Purse dipping
Put your purse at the bottom of your bag and keep it closed
Don’t carry large amounts of cash on you
Get a FREE purse bell today from the Council’s reception office
Day 4: Season's beatings
- It’s never ok to abuse your partner
- If you need to talk to someone this Christmas call New Era on 0300 303 3778
Day 5: Counterfeit goods
If the price seems too good to be true it’s probably counterfeit
Buying goods from counterfeit sites puts you at risk of credit card fraud & identity theft
Quite often these are counterfeit goods which are potentially dangerous and of poor quality.
To avoid counterfeit goods, consumers should also look out for the "3 P's":
- PRICE: If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is.
- PACKAGING: If the product is being sold without its packaging, or the packaging appears to be of low quality, or includes printing errors (for example, blurry pictures, typos, spelling or grammatical errors) it is probably counterfeit.
- PLACE: Consider where the product is being sold. If it’s In-Store, ask yourself if you would normally expect to find the product sold in this type of environment. Deal only with legitimate, established retailers.
To report a complaint contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.
Day 6 - Violent night
It’s never ok to be drunk and aggressive
If you are worried about your drinking call One Recovery on 0844 561 7079
Day 7: Drink & drug driving
Do not drink or drug drive – IT’S NOT WORTH IT
You will lose your licence, be banned and may face prison
Drink and drug driving costs lives.
Day 8: Fire safety
- Avoid cooking if you have been drinking alcohol
- Never leave, candles or incense sticks unattended
- Always switch off and unplug Christmas lights before going to bed or leaving the house.
For more fire safety tips visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/
Day 9: Loneliness
- Give someone a call - take the time to call and chat with family, friends and neighbours who won’t see anyone this Christmas
- Get involved - volunteer and lend a helping hand in your community
Day 10: Crime prevention
Make sure all your Christmas shopping is secure in the boot or covered up in your car
When at home do not leave all your wrapped presents on display
Day 11: Responsible drinking
- Enjoy yourself, but know your limits
- Stay hydrated, dilute alcohol with soft drinks or water
Day 12: Taxi safety
Lone passengers should always sit in the rear of the taxi whenever possible
Never accept a lift from a stranger in a car
Ensure you use a licensed taxi
Last Updated: 12/12/2019