23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 18-12-2014 06:20

      Thursday 18, December 2014

      GMP videos aim to cut down Christmas crime

      GREATER Manchester Police have released a minute-long video giving the public tips on how to stay safe over the festive period.

      The video is part of the GMP’s series of ’60 second security’ clips designed to keep the people of Manchester safe by offering tips and guidance on a range of topics.

      Other videos, which have been released on YouTube over the course of the year, cover topics such as protecting personal belongings and staying safe on social media.

      The most recent instalment, featuring PC Chris Hayden, advises people on taking the appropriate measures to stay safe over Christmas.

      In the video PC Hayden stresses the importance of keeping phones and wallets out of sight of potential thieves whilst on nights out and advises people to park in well-lit, busy, areas.

      The film also warns people who receive any gadgets for Christmas to register them for free on immobilise.com.

      PC Hayden stressed the importance of the campaign in terms of informing the public. He said: "It’s vital that we give simple advice so people can make informed decisions and so we can help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

      "Christmas is a great time to get together with friends and family but can be very busy and stressful, giving the advice helps to remind the community about how to stay safer."


      With many people visiting family and going on holiday over the festive period, PC Hayden also had a message for anyone leaving their home unattended, saying: "Light up and Lock up!

      "Light timers are proven to be one of the most effective and low cost security measures we can utilise. Don’t show off anything of value."

      By Dan Whelan