On the first day of Christmas, the
guards said to me...
AN Garda Síochána has
today published its Twelve Safety Tips of Christmas
to advise you how to protect yourself and your
property during the busy festive period.
"Christmas should be a time of year for everyone to
enjoy. Our aim is to help people have a safe and
peaceful Christmas, and not have to spend the
festive period dealing with difficult and possibly
traumatic situations for themselves or their
families,” said Sergeant Kelvin Courtney.
"The crime prevention tips published today are
simple steps people can take to increase their
safety whether they are out an about or in their
homes this Christmas,” added Sergeant Courtney of
the Garda Community Relations team.
The 12 Christmas
1. Drink alcohol responsibly. Wherever the
celebration - Everyone should promote safe
2. Plan your night out, tell someone where you’re
going and when you’ll be back
3. 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.
4. Take care when carrying your handbag, smart phone
or tablet in crowded areas. Keep them in a safe
location, within view.
5. 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.
6. 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 compromised.
7. Take care of your Christmas Shopping and never
leave it unattended, especially in your car
8. Park and lock your car in secure, well lit areas
keeping valuables including bags and coats hidden
9. Secure all doors and windows of our home and use
your alarm when the house is vacant and when home at
10. Don’t leave Christmas presents in view from the
outside of your home
11. If you’re expecting deliveries, always make sure
someone is there to collect it or arrange for a
trusted neighbour to take it in.
12. If you’re going away for Christmas, make your
home look occupied, leave a light on and get a
trusted neighbour to check on your property.