Christmas safety warning from Richmond police and council

Stolen presents and dangerous drinking could ruin Christmas according to Richmond Council, which is urging people to protect their belongings from burglars and watch how much they drink.

The council said at this time of year people’s safety could be threatened, because December is notorious for people drinking too much at Christmas parties and putting themselves at risk.

Debra Towns, acting borough commander, said police would be on the lookout for people behaving irresponsibly over the Christmas period.

She said: “Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean we will take a more lenient attitude to people breaking the law, so make sure you behave over the coming weeks – I don’t know about Santa, but I’m sure you don’t want to be on our naughty list.”

The council also urged people to take extra care of their belongings, both at home and out and about, because every year people find their Christmases are ruined by burglars and thieves who capitalise on expensive gifts and distracted merrymakers.

Councillor Tony Arbour said: “Be aware of your belongings when out and about this Christmas. Thieves don’t take a break over the holidays.”

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