Stay safe in Falkirk this Christmas

The High Street will be busy on the run up to Christmas
The High Street will be busy on the run up to Christmas

Shoppers and visitors are enjoying a trouble-free run up to Christmas.

So far, the high profile policing of Falkirk High Street is delivering the hoped for results.

The national campaign, launched by Police Scotland to ‘Keep Safe, Shop Safe and Party Safe’ over the festive season has been backed by extra resources.

In Falkirk, additional officers have been drafted in to promote a high profile presence to underline the message.

They and special constables are working alongside community wardens, street ambassadors, street pastors and taxi marshalls to ensure everyone coming to town enjoys the experience.

Pubs and clubs have also been visited regularly by police to remind licence holders and staff of their responsibility to make sure patrons drink sensibly and anti-social behaviour does not become an issue as the party season gets into full swing.

The campaign is also providing advice on how to deliver an unhappy Christmas for crooks by keeping a close eye on personal belongings.

Forth Valley Division Commander Chief Superintendent David Flynn said: “We are now well underway with our festive policing campaign and so far the response from our communities has been immensely supportive. Falkirk has a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere during Christmas and New Year and we want everyone to remember the festivities for all the right reasons. It’s always a busy and exciting time and our officers will continue to work alongside our partners to keep people safe.”

Police are urging the public to take a moment to think about the simple steps they can take to discourage criminals and stay safe.

Key tips include:

l Don’t leave bags unattended and look after your wallet or purse.

l Stay with your friends on a night out and look after each other.

l Don’t leave your drinks unattended.

l Before you set off for a night out, plan your journey home.

l Before you leave home make sure all the doors and windows are securely locked - and the alarm is set.

Falkirk area commander Chief Inspector Mandy Paterson said: “Our aim is to help and we were very encouraged last year that our efforts received a very positive response from the public.”