Winter crime prevention message
Once again the dark nights are upon us, and the holiday season is just round the corner, so we thought that this would be the ideal time to remind you of some personal safety tips to ensure that you and your family have a safe and crime free festive season
*Remember to lock your doors, even when you are in.
*Don't leave Christmas presents in full view.
*Check with your household Insurance to make sure you have the correct cover for extra items.
*If going out for the evening, give the impression the house is occupied by leaving lights and television/radio on. Shut the curtains.
*If going on holiday, redirect mail, cancel milk and newspapers and make sure your wheelie bin is taken in.
Callers at your door:
*Do not let anyone in your home until you have confirmed their identity.
*Genuine callers from companies will have identification and won't mind if you ask to see it.
Out on the town:
*Think how you are getting home, either nominate a driver, pre-arrange for someone you know to pick you up or pre-book a taxi. If using public transport, know the timetable.
*Do not get in a car if you don?t know the occupants and if flagging down a taxi, make sure it is licensed.
*Travel to your destination with friends, stay with them during your night out and go home with them.
*If walking, use well lit populated routes. Look about, be aware of surroundings and people. Inform someone of your route and time you are expected home. Swap mobile numbers with your friends.
*Try to avoid conflict and being provoked into situations that may put you in danger.
*Know your limits and stick to them
*Don't carry too much cash and keep your purse or wallet close to your body
*If travelling by car, park in a well lit area, keep all valuables and purchases out of sight
*If you go for coffee or lunch, don?t put your bag over the back of a chair or anywhere readily accessible to others
*Consider smaller shopping trips ? too many bags affords more opportunity for someone to steal from you
If you would like any more information regarding home security or personal safety please contact either your Community Officer at your local police station or the Community Safety Unit at West Lothian Civic Centre.
CrimeStoppers - 0800 555 111