PSNI launches Operation Season's Greetings to keep people safe
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has launched 'Operation Season's Greetings', this year's Christmas operation, which aims to keep people safe in the run up to Christmas.
The operation will see increased patrols across Northern Ireland in an effort to prevent crime and reassure both shoppers and business owners. There will be a particular focus on key shopping areas, night-life spots and major car parks.
Chief Superintendent Stephen Murray said: “This year will see a focus on public safety across a range of priorities including shopping, roads and transport and your safety when out and about. We have teamed up with partners, including Translink and Retail NI, to deliver guidance and ensure everyone has the best experience possible.
“We can be much more effective if we work together, so I would like people to think about how they can help prevent becoming the victim of a crime. I would encourage people to go to our website (www.psni.police.uk/christmas) where they will find a range of useful crime prevention and safety advice.
“Whether you are planning a festive night out, considering shopping online, concerned about the best way to secure your home or if you are just not sure of the best way to contact the police, there is a wealth of information on our website which everyone will find useful.
“This year our operation will have a particular focus on violence against women and girls therefore we will seek to increase our presence in nightlife areas and work with the hospitality industry and other partners to improve safety in public spaces.
“We take active steps to support all victims of domestic abuse. In the past we have seen an increase in domestic abuse incidents over the Christmas period and we want all victims to know that we are here for them. If you need the police, please call us on 101, or 999 in an emergency.”