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Take care if you are out over Bank Holiday weekend

With lots of people expected to go out and enjoy the nice weather this bank holiday weekend, police are urging people to consider their personal safety.

Detective Inspector Paul Thompson from Warwickshire Police CID is leading a review into how the force responds to robbery offences. He said: "With more people going out to enjoy the nice weather over the weekend, this presents chances for opportunist criminals to commit robberies and thefts.

"Fortunately, there are some simple steps people can take to keep people safe."

Police are offering the following advice:

  • If you have to walk alone at night take extra care. Stay on roads that are well lit and relatively busy.
  • Plan your route in advance.
  • Avoid short cuts that involve alleyways or walking across parks or commons unless they are well-lit.
  • If you're carrying a bag, try to have it across your chest and keep your hand over the fastening.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert to what's going on around you.
  • Be careful with your electronics; talking on a mobile phone, listening to music or carrying a laptop bag shows thieves that you have something to steal.
  • Don't carry important documents or credit cards that you do not need
  • Only take your wallet out when you need to.
  • If you think you are being followed, cross the road or go into a shop and stay there until you're sure you're safe.
  • If you are travelling by yourself and you know how to get home, using public transport is safer than walking. However, you should still use common sense to protect yourself.
  • If you are waiting for a bus or a train, stand in a well-lit area near other people. Once you are on board, try and sit near other people and make sure you know where the emergency alarms are.
  • Don't be afraid to change seats or carriages if you feel unsafe, even if it seems rude to do so.

DI Thompson added: "I am currently carrying out a review of how the force responds to robberies to ensure the force is doing as much as it can to catch and deter offenders, and keep our communities safe.

"We're doing what we can to make the county a hostile place for criminals but it is important that people do their bit by not making life easy for offenders."

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 23/08/19