Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary
As another weekend of busy preparations for Christmas approaches we thought it was timely to offer some advice to help ensure you and your property keep safe.
Unfortunately this can also be a time when criminals are thinking about doing their ‘shopping’ and so we would like to give some simple tips to help ensure that the presents you buy end up with the people they were intended for.
Derbyshire is a very safe place to live, work and visit and we are determined to keep it that way. Officers and staff will be working right through the festive period to keep you safe and these are a few things you can do to help us, help you:
Don’t carry too much cash and keep your purse, wallet or bag close to your body
If out shopping in your car, park in a well-lit area and keep all valuables and purchases out of sight
If you go for a coffee or something to eat, don’t put your bag over the back of a chair or anywhere readily accessible to others and don’t leave your mobile phone on the table, even when you are still sat at the table
When shopping on-line always check the web address to make sure you are on the correct site and sign-up to ‘Verified by Visa’ or ‘Mastercard Secure Code’.
Having got your presents home or had them delivered, then there are also some steps to take to keep your house safe:
Remember to lock your doors even when you are in.
Don’t leave Christmas presents in full view or leave empty boxes from expensive items outside the house for collection.
If out when it is dark, then give the impression someone is in by leaving lights and TV/Radio on.
If going away, then don’t advertise the fact on social media, make sure you have cancelled any deliveries and ask someone to bring your wheelie bin in.
If you have any particular worries then we are holding a range of range of events across the county where you can call in and speak to one of our Safer Neighbourhood officers:
Saturday 7 December
11am – 1pm - Costa Coffee, East Street Derby
10am – 3pm – Park Farm Centre, Allestree, Derby
Sunday 8 December
11am – 2pm – Wooley Moor Nurseries, Ashover New Road, Alfreton
Monday 9 December
12.30pm – 2.30pm – Sainsbury’s, Peak Drive, Osmaston Park Road, Derby
Tuesday 10 December
10am – 12midday – The Delph, Swadlincote
11am – 1pm – Asda Superstore, Arleston Lane, Sinfin, Derby
2pm – 4pm – Barrow Hill Memorial car park, Station Road, Chesterfield
Wednesday 11 December
10am – 12midday – Greenbank Leisure Centre, Civic Way, Swadlincote
10am -12midday – Normanton Green Thyme Community Hub, Normanton Park, Derby
4pm – 6pm – Holme Hall Community Centre, Mercaston Close, Chesterfield
Saturday 14 December
10am – 1pm – Long Eaton Market Place, Long Eaton
10am – 2pm – St Michael’s Brimington Church Hall, Church Street, Brimington, Chesterfield
12midday – 1pm – McDonalds restaurant, Raynesway, Derby
Sunday 15 December
12midday – 2pm – McDonalds restaurant, Osmaston Park Road, Derby