Stay safe this Christmas

Councillors Robert Hill and Jim Bingham with Inspector Martin Ruddy at the launch of the 'Willie Nickit' billboard campaign highlighting the risk of burglary over the Christmas period. INNT 49-401-RM
Councillors Robert Hill and Jim Bingham with Inspector Martin Ruddy at the launch of the 'Willie Nickit' billboard campaign highlighting the risk of burglary over the Christmas period. INNT 49-401-RM
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Police in Newtownabbey say they are focusing on three key priorities this Christmas - keeping people safe in their homes, keeping people safe on the roads and keeping people safe when out socialising.

Newly appointed Area Commander, Chief Inspector Stephen Reid explains: “Crime in Newtownabbey during the festive season has fallen consistently over recent years and with this year’s operation ‘Season’s Greetings’ we will seek to reduce the number of crimes even further.

“Local officers will be deployed in high visibility patrols at times and in the areas that they are needed most. These patrols will be supported by a number of community safety and crime prevention initiatives aimed at giving the best seasonal information and advice to householders, shoppers, revellers and motorists.”

One such initiative is the ‘Willie Nickit’ billboard campaign. The billboard featuring the cartoon criminal has been erected in Glengormley, giving people useful Christmas-related home security advice. Steps like keeping presents out of sight, and always making sure doors and windows are closed and locked at night can significantly reduce people’s chances of falling victim to a burglar.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...