‘Make it a Christmas to remember - not one to forget’, police urge

POLICE have launched their festive message and urged people to make this Christmas one to remember and not one to forget.

‘Operation Season’s Greetings’ aims to provide reassurance to the public by way of high visibility police deployments, in key locations and at key times right across Newtownabbey.

It will also provide increased levels of crime prevention advice so that people can take steps to protect themselves and their property.

As part of this year’s operation, officers will take extra steps to deter and detect criminals exploiting the busy festive season for their own ends – with a special focus being placed on preventing burglaries, keeping party-goers safe and preventing road traffic collisions.

Police will be deploying high-visibility patrols in cars, on bikes and on foot in key hot-spot areas to prevent crime and reassure householders, shoppers, revellers and motorists.

Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said: “‘Season’s Greetings’ involves a wide range of operational activity including road safe operations, nightlife operations, domestic abuse awareness and serious harm and organised crime.

“We are working to deliver a personal and protective policing service across Northern Ireland, keeping people safe and helping people feel safe during the festive season. ‘Operation Season’s Greetings’ will run in all eight Districts right across Northern Ireland over the festive period. It is aimed at keeping people safe and helping them feel safe in their homes, communities, on the roads and when out enjoying the Christmas festivities.

“Police have worked hard to keep communities safe throughout 2012, we will continue this work right throughout the festive season. With your support, we have been working together to keep you safe in your home, on the roads and when you’ve been out socialising. Have a great Christmas and make it one to remember for the right reasons.”