A campaign which focuses on keeping people safe over the festive season has been launched today by West Mercia Police.

The Christmas Presence campaign is designed to raise awareness of the simple steps to take to protect yourself, your belongings and your property throughout the Christmas period. Christmas Presence also sees an increase in police officers working across the festive season to keep you and your family safe.

December sees a significant increase in calls to 999 and 101 – particularly alcohol related incidents. The force also unfortunately sees an increase in domestic abuse incidents.

Officers will be using social media, as well as running events across Worcestershire and beyond to spread the safety message and offer advice.

Chief Superintendent Tom Harding, said: “Christmas is a very busy time for the police and the more we can do to help people look after themselves and each other this Christmas will hopefully result in fewer crimes this festive season. We will, of course, be playing our part in making Christmas as safe as possible by have significant additional officers on duty and I would encourage you to engage with us and seek our assistance if required.

“Whilst we want everyone to have a great Christmas and to celebrate with friends and family we do see a rise in alcohol related incidents and vulnerability.

“We would like everyone to enjoy the festivities safely and that’s why we’ll be sharing lots of helpful safety messages and advice as part of our campaign.

“We are using a variety of approaches to share these messages. Through a mixture of engagement events and social media updates, we will be sharing advice and information far and wide during the festive period.”

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