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Crime prevention tips to help us stay safe on winter nights


Image: PCVC Ron Hogg

CRIME PREVENTION advice is available for residents, thanks to a Winter Nights campaign launching today.

Safety advice and guidance will be delivered in a series of messages on social media over the next two weeks, as the dark nights are approaching.

Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington is hosting the campaign, and is giving children the opportunity to say how they think people can stay safe on dark nights.

Ron said: “It is always appropriate at this time of year to work with our partners to remind residents, and visitors to the area, about personal safety and crime prevention. Whether it’s a simple reminder to ensure property is locked, to keep a light on in your home when you’re out, or to make sure you are visible to road users when walking in the dark, we all have a part to play to keep ourselves safe.

“I held two separate competitions recently, which encouraged young people up to 11 years old to think about their personal safety. I asked them to give their top tips on staying safe during the winter nights and there have been many creative entries and ideas. Well done to all involved!”

Children had the opportunity to discuss this topic with their families, teachers and their peers in the lead up to Ron’s campaign. Almost 600 children entered his Christmas Card 2017 competition, plus a further 30 children gave their safety hints and tips in a competition at Ron’s ‘Celebration of Local Superheroes’ family fun day last Saturday.

Residents are being encouraged to share social media posts about Ron’s Winter Safety campaign. Just search for ‘Durham PCC’ on Facebook and Twitter until 15 November.

Competition prize winners will be also announced during the next two weeks.


Posted on Wednesday 1st November 2017
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