See a heightened police presence at Christmas

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The festive season is now upon us and Police at Newton Stewart section hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe time.

As we progress through what has already been an exceptionally quick year we are now only too aware that winter is upon us, with the dip in temperature and the arrival of the first of the hard frosts.

Flooding has already been a huge issue for our emergency planners, with some of our rivers bursting their banks, bringing further disruption to home owners, businesses and commuters in the affected areas.

Land adjacent to our main roads are already heavily saturated with water and you may find water remaining on our roads longer due the natural absorption of water into the land being affected, so look-out for standing water on our roads, and please drive according to the road conditions at all times.

The Festive Drink Drive Campaign has started, which will see a higher volume of vehicles subjected to checks. So please leave your cars at home if you’re considering having a drink, and organise transport to and from your night out. Remember in Scotland the prescribed limits are lower than those set in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the dangers this brings to those who choose to “drive the morning after the night before”.

We are encouraged by the recent figures published which highlight Dumfries and Galloway as an area which has seen the biggest reduction in Drink Drivers in the whole of the country, since the new prescribed limits came into force last year.

We look forward to engaging with our communities on the lead up to the festive holidays. You will also see a heightened presence of police patrolling your streets, to prevent retail crime, anti social behaviour and crimes associated with the consumption of alcohol.

Officers will also be making regular visits to the many licensed premises in the area and will be on hand to support the licensees; management and their staff.

We would like to remind all “partygoers” that you are responsible for the amount of alcohol you drink and are also responsible for your behaviour whilst under the influence. We would also like to suggest that when on a night out, stick with your friends and don’t leave nights out on your own or with strangers. Take care of each other and make sure you all get home safely.

Sadly, our community continues to suffer loss from thieves targeting our farms, businesses and garages and we encourage you to report any suspicious activity to us on 101 or in the case of emergency on 999.

We also invite you to allow our Crime Reduction Officers to provide you with free advice on how to make your property more secure. Unfortunately, criminals don’t tell us where and when they are going to target, so if you want to keep what your hard earned money has paid for, then please consider using our officers to help you do that.

If you will be away from your home over Christmas or even just out and about, be careful about what you say on social networking sites – don’t let thieves know your house will be empty.

Our Crime Reduction Officers in Galloway Division can be emailed direct on the following email address and Crime Reduction Officer will respond to your request.

DumfriesGallowayDAVRU@scotland.pnn.police.uk

Every day we are reminded of the continuing threat from terrorist activity and the destruction and devastation these attacks have on our communities throughout the UK and the rest of the world.

We want everyone to stay safe and be vigilant against the threat from terrorism and encourage you to report any suspicious activity immediately.

On a final note, with festive safety and protection in mind, we would also like to offer the following advice;

If you are buying a child a mobile or tablet for Christmas, think about how you can keep them safe online

Protect any gifts you have bought for your friends and family. Get them to register mobile, tablets, laptops and cameras at www.immobilise.com

Don’t give them a good quality bike without giving them a good quality lock, and register bikes at www.BikeRegister.com