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Take Care at Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving, sharing and spending time with your loved ones. Putting up the tree and trying to stop the cat from pulling it straight down again, dressing your home in too-much tinsel, rooting through drawers to find your tackiest Christmas jumper and planning to bake mince pies but taking a last minute dash to the supermarket for them instead – these are all things that might be on your to-do list which is probably the length of your arm already!

We don’t want to make your festive season any more stressful by adding to that list so instead we’re asking North Yorkshire to simply take care this Christmas. Take care of yourself, your home, your community, your roads, your friends, your family, your countryside and your neighbours.

Here’s just a few ways you can take care this Christmas:

Take care of your community

  • If you know of an elderly, vulnerable person or someone who might be spending Christmas alone this year – pop in to say hello and have a chat. It doesn’t have to take too much time, a bit of small talk and a smile can make all the difference to someone’s day.
  • Could you help protect an elderly or vulnerable person from becoming a victim of fraud? Read and share our A-Z of fraud with your local community.
  • Sign up to our Community Messaging Scheme https://member.everbridge.net/index/311440963534860#/login to keep informed of any incidents or appeals in your local area.
  •  Your community is our community and we care if you are suffering from the effects of criminal activity. Please help us by reporting suspicious activity including drug dealing and antisocial behaviour. Every little piece of information helps to inform a bigger picture. Call the police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 in an emergency.
  • Imagine how it must feel to be threatened by drug dealers who want to take over your home. Do you care enough to report the signs? Look out for frequent visitors, different accents, neighbour not see for long periods, unexplained injuries, communal doors left open, increased antisocial behaviour. Call us on 101 to report anything suspicious.

Remember, if crime is ongoing or there is immediate danger then always call 999. For everything else, call 101. 

Take care of your friends

  • Buying your mate a soft drink instead of another pint could be the best gift you give this Christmas. Mates matter – don’t let them drink and drive think.gov.uk/campaign/a-mate-doesnt-let-a-mate-drive/
  • If you’re going out tonight, do a festive good deed and offer to be designated driver so your friends can have a drink and everyone can get home safely.
  •  Not heard from a friend for a while? Get in touch and let them know you’re there if they want to talk. Knowing you have supportive friends can make all the difference to someone who may be feeling lonely.
  • Make sure your friends get home safely after an evening or day out. Ask them what time they expect to be home and then they can let you know when they are back safe.

Remember, if crime is ongoing or there is immediate danger then always call 999. For everything else, call 101. 

Take care of your family

  • Care for children and young adults by making sure they are aware of the dangers of sharing personal information and images online. You can find lots of advice and useful links on the NSPCC website.
  •  Thousands of children will be unwrapping new gadgets, gaming consoles and devices on Christmas day and you can make sure they keep safe online by helping set up parental controls and privacy settings. Read more top tips to keep children safe online.
  • Make sure children and young people don’t get drawn into the dangerous world of drug dealing. Find out how to spot the signs and keep them safe.
  • Looking forward to Christmas? Having a few days off to spend time with your nearest and dearest? This isn’t the case for everyone, especially people in an abusive relationship. If you are living in fear for your, or your family’s safety – call us on 101 or in an emergency always dial 999
  • Do you care for someone who has dementia and worry that they might go missing? The Herbert Protocol can help us find them if they do. Find out more.

Remember, if crime is ongoing or there is immediate danger then always call 999. For everything else, call 101.

Take care of your home

  • If Santa is good to you over Christmas, don’t let burglars ruin your New Year by getting your gifts and property marked with our free dot peen property marking system.
  • Leave a mince pie and carrots out for Santa and his reindeers but… don’t leave your car keys on view. Burglars will often target the owners of high-value vehicles; ‘cruising’ around residential areas looking for opportunities to exploit their security and get to their car keys. Read more about protecting your home from burglars.
  • Most people who call at your home will be genuine. But sometimes, people turn up unannounced, with the intention of tricking their way into your home. Read our tips on protecting yourself.
  • Unfortunately, quad bikes are one of the top items on rural thieves’ Christmas lists. These expensive vehicles are vital to keep farms and countryside businesses running all year round, so it’s better to spend some time and money on good security measures now, rather than going through the inconvenience and upset of having yours stolen. The same applies to mopeds and trail bikes, not to mention high-value vehicles like Land Rovers and plant machinery.

Remember, if crime is ongoing or there is immediate danger then always call 999. For everything else, call 101.

Take care of yourself

  • If you’re travelling home by yourself then make sure you let a friend or family member know your planned route and keep in touch to let them know you’ve arrived home safely. Read more tips
  • If you’re in need of someone to talk to, you can call the Samaritans any time of day or night on 116 123.
  • If you’re enjoying an evening out for a Christmas party or celebration, think carefully before making the decision to drive the next morning. Depending on how much you’ve had to drink, you could likely still be over the limit by the next day.
  • For many of us, Christmas is a happy time of year, full of festive cheer. But life in some communities, particularly rural ones, is not always easy, and it can be difficult to know who to turn to when things seem to be going wrong. The police are often the organisation that gets called out as a last resort, but help at the right time could stop problems spiralling out of control. You might not need our Rural Wellbeing page now – but you may want to bookmark it, or share it with someone who does.
  • Looking for the perfect Christmas date? Make sure you know who you are talking to on dating sites and never pass on personal or financial information to them online. If you’re meeting someone on a date then make sure you let a friend or family member know where, when and who you are meeting.
  • New Year, new start? Thinking about making some changes? If you are thinking about leaving an abusive partner, contact police on 101 and we can put safeguarding measures in place, to help keep you safe. If it’s an emergency always dial 999

Remember, if crime is ongoing or there is immediate danger then always call 999. For everything else, call 101.

Take care of your money

  • Christmas is a busy time for fraudsters who look for opportunities to con people and take their money. If you spot a scam or have been scammed, report it and get help. Contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online. Call North Yorkshire Police on 101 if the suspect is known or still in the area.
  • Need cash for the Christmas party? Always shield your PIN and be vigilant at cash machines and checkouts.
  • Seen a bargain or deal that looks too good to be true? It might well be! If you’re paying for goods or services online, use a payment service such as Paypal which offers protection against fraud.

Remember, if crime is ongoing or there is immediate danger then always call 999. For everything else, call 101.

Take care of your countryside

  • If you’re enjoying the great outdoors over Christmas, be vigilant for signs of wildlife crime. Birds of prey can sadly be targeted through poisoning, trapping or being shot but you can help us to stop this by being our eyes and ears. Find out more. 
  • When walking through North Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside, take care to stick to paths so as not to disturb local wildlife and keep your dog on a lead.
  • Look out for fly-tipping and report it to the local council or report any known offenders to us by calling 101.
  •  Pick up, bag and bin dog poo.
  •  Download the what3words app before you go so emergency services can locate you if you get into difficulties.

Remember, if crime is ongoing or there is immediate danger then always call 999. For everything else, call 101.