Limerick gardai offer tips for a ‘happy and safe Christmas’

Sergeant Ber Leetch, has given tips for a “happy and safe Christmas especially now that Christmas parties will begin soon”

Sergeant Ber Leetch, has given tips for a “happy and safe Christmas especially now that Christmas parties will begin soon”

LIMERICK gardai have said it is “important to start thinking about your safety and the safety of your home” as the Christmas season approaches.

Divisional crime officer at Henry Street, Sergeant Ber Leetch, has given tips for a “happy and safe Christmas especially now that Christmas parties will begin soon”.

They include drinking alcohol reponsibly: “Wherever the celebration – everyone should promote safe behaviour.”

“Plan your night out, tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back,” explained Sgt Leetch. “You, your family or friends should never walk home alone, remember safety in numbers. If you have no other option, walk in well-lit areas.

“Take care when carrying your handbag, smart phone or tablet in crowded areas, keep them in a safe location, within view. Watch out for pickpockets in crowded areas. Keep handbags zipped and don’t put your wallet in your back pocket.

“In bars and restaurants take care about where you store coats and handbags.

“At ATMs, only take out as money much as you need. Cover your pin number and call the Gardaí if you believe the machine has been interfered with. Take care of your Christmas shopping and never leave it unattended, especially in your car.

“Park your car in secure, well lit areas and make sure to lock it.

“Avoid burglaries at Christmas – Secure all doors and windows and use your alarm. Don’t leave Christmas presents in view from the outside of your home,” added Sgt Leetch.