Festive campaign says stay safe this Christmas

30/11/15 . GLASGOW: West George Street at Anchor Lane.'Police stock, Police Scotland, police, beat.'Photocall to launch Glasgow's 6th Nitezone as thousands of festive revellers prepare to hit the city for Christmas nights out. A new SafeZone is also being set up in Buchanan Street. Representatives of Community Safety Glasgow, Glasgow Street Pastors, Police Scotland, Glasgow Taxis and Securigroup are present. West George Street at Anchor Lane.
30/11/15 . GLASGOW: West George Street at Anchor Lane.'Police stock, Police Scotland, police, beat.'Photocall to launch Glasgow's 6th Nitezone as thousands of festive revellers prepare to hit the city for Christmas nights out. A new SafeZone is also being set up in Buchanan Street. Representatives of Community Safety Glasgow, Glasgow Street Pastors, Police Scotland, Glasgow Taxis and Securigroup are present. West George Street at Anchor Lane.

Look after yourselves and each other — that’s the message from the Greater Glasgow Partnership Group’s annual festive safety campaign.

Police Scotland is working with Community Safety Glasgow, Trading Standards, British Transport Police, NHS, Glasgow Taxis, Scottish Fire and Rescue and Glasgow Street Pastors to spread the word to the hundreds of thousands of people visiting Glasgow this Christmas.

Additional officers will be patrolling the city, while officers from the retail crime unit focus on shoplifting and pickpockets.

Chief inspector Carol McGuire, area commander for Glasgow south east, said: “I hope people will listen to our safety advice and act on it, taking the time to think about some simple preventative measures which will help keep them safe.

“When out shopping, keep your wallet and bag close to you - make it difficult for pickpockets. Don’t forget to pack all the lovely gifts you’ve bought in the boot of your car — don’t leave anything visible for thieves to see.

“Of course, the festive season is a time for everyone to enjoy, and it’s a time for people to meet up with family and friends. I would encourage people coming into the city to have fun, but please do so safely — don’t drink too much and be seen as an easy target.

“Ensure you stay with your friends and think about how you will get home without putting yourself in harm’s way.”

As reported in last week’s Extra, partygoers are encouraged to use Community Safety Glasgow’s NiteZones — including one at Langside Hall in Shawlands — to get home quickly and safely. A new SafeZone has also been set up at St George’s Tron Church of Scotland on Buchanan Street, offering free mobile phone charging and help from street pastors.

Inspector Lynda Lang, British Transport Police, promises additional officers at busy locations. She added: “There are many people who may not use the rail network as a mode of transport other than at this time of year. So make sure you know the time of your last train home.

“There will always be those who may overindulge and drink a bit too much. We don’t want to spoil your fun, but please be responsible and remember that rail staff are there to help you, not to be abused in any way.”