Keep Safe at Christmas

Timely advice from our Neighbourhood Watch team and the Avon and Somerset police:

With all the distractions in the run up to Christmas or any holiday, it’s easy to forget about your own safety.

Protect your personal possessions

  • Keep your bags/purses/wallets/iPods/cameras out of sight – don’t advertise your stuff.
  • Don’t leave your phones or wallet/purses on a table. They could be snatched by a passer-by.
  • Register your property on the Immobilise website.
  • Visit the police Protect Your Property from Thieves page.

In pubs and clubs

  • Look after your friends. Don’t let them go off on their own if they’re worse for wear.
  • Plan your journey home. Pre-book a taxi or arrange a lift with a designated driver. Let someone know
    about your plans – and tell them if they change. Never accept a lift from a stranger or a taxi that pulls
    up without a plate showing their taxi licence number and their licensing area.
  • Never leave your drink unattended. Be wary if it looks or tastes different. Tell someone if you suddenly
    feel unwell.
  • If you see any trouble or suspect that it might be about to start, keep clear. Alert the police.

On foot

  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Look and act confidently.
  • Avoid walking alone if possible.
  • Cover up jewellery, mobile phones and iPods and keep your bag close to your body.
  • Never hitchhike.
  • Stick to well-lit busy streets and be vigilant. Plan your route ahead.
  • Walk facing oncoming traffic so a car cannot pull up behind you.
  • If you regularly go walking or jogging, vary your route and avoid wearing headphones.
  • When going to your car or home, have your keys ready at hand.
  • If you think you’re being followed, go to the busiest place you can find or knock on a door. Then call the
  • If you are attacked, shout for help as loudly as you can or shout for someone to contact the police. Use
    your personal attack alarm. Try to get to a safe place and call the police.
  • If someone attempts to take something from you, consider letting them have it rather than risk being
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