THE Christmas Crackdown campaign to reduce crime and disorder during the festive season, as well as giving fire prevention and safety advice, took its message out onto the streets this week, with a stall in Tamworth market.
Christmas Crackdown was launched earlier this month by the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership, which is made up of Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Tamworth Borough Council community wardens, housing, domestic abuse groups, drug & alcohol counselling services, Staffordshire County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group.
All operations and events carried out by partners during December come under the Christmas Crackdown umbrella. They will tackle priority issues including shoplifting, drink driving, personal safety, burglary and purse snatching.
A number of events are being held across Tamworth throughout December, where police, community wardens and other partners will be on hand to offer help and advice on staying safe, as well as handing out Christmas Crackdown leaflets containing festive tips to allow people to keep themselves and their property safe.
And to help spread the message in style, Chambers Hyundai has kindly donated a car which will be decked out with the Christmas Crackdown message. The eye-catching car will be used at to visit ASB hotspot areas during evening patrols throughout December.
At Tuesday’s market stall, partners – including Santa – were on hand to talk about staying safe and preventing crime over Christmas, as well as giving away purse bells. There was also information on health issues, domestic abuse and not getting into debts over the festive season.
The Christmas Crackdown campaign is now in its second year. It also builds on the recent success of this year’s Spooks & Sparklers campaign, which saw partners working together to tackle issues of anti-social behaviour and safety during the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.
Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Community Development, said: “We want to make sure that everyone in Tamworth has a safe and happy Christmas.
“Our Christmas Crackdown campaign offers simple crime prevention and safety advice, as well as sending out the clear message that Tamworth is a safe place to live, work and visit.”