13 Dec 2018

Dyfed-Powys Police has started the countdown to Christmas with the launch of their Christmas campaign Operation Safe and Nice to All (SANTA).

‘Presence not presents’ is the message the force is sending to people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys this Christmas.

From today (December 13, 2018) the force will be counting down the ‘12 Days ‘til Christmas’ on social media to mark the seasonal campaign, which puts emphasis on their commitment to the community and reminds people how to enjoy themselves safely.

In the lead up to Christmas the campaign will provide a mix of ingredients of safety advice, reminders of the consequences of committing offences, an insight to life behind the scenes at Dyfed-Powys Police at Christmas, and a sprinkling of fun and surprises along the way.

Police officers will be increasing their patrols throughout the festive period to deter antisocial behaviour and crime, as well as offer reassurance and advice in their communities to help people to feel safe.

T/Assistant Chief Constable Vicki Evans said: “Christmas can be a difficult time for some, particularly for those who are lonely or vulnerable. Our focus this year is on presence not presents, so nobody feels they are without help over the festive period.

“We recently announced we will be launching a campaign to encourage people to report domestic abuse and share information that could protect victims from further harm. The #PassItOn campaign will be launched in time for Christmas in recognition that domestic abuse incidents tend to increase around this period.

“We take pride in being a police force of and for our communities, and will take a strong stance against those who cause misery for others at this time of year.

“And while other services wind down, we will continue working 24/7 to keep everyone safe. Contact us in the usual ways if you have concerns about crime or antisocial behaviour.

“We are always here but we can’t do it alone. I encourage you to keep an eye on your neighbours over the holidays - while you are enjoying family time they may be alone. Isolation and loneliness can hit hard around Christmas and your presence could make a big impact on them.

“I hope everyone enjoys our Op Santa campaign and also finds the information provided of use in keeping them safe over Christmas.”

For a regular dose of Christmas advice look out for #OpSanta on the Dyfed-Powys Police Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DPPPolice). Also follow them on Twitter: @DyfedPowys.

It will be business as usual for Dyfed-Powys Police on Christmas Day. If you need to contact the force, dial 999 in an emergency, or 101 to report a non-urgent incident.