Police in the Scottish Borders have today launched their annual campaign to keep the public safe over the festive period.
From December 1 up until January 3, 2016, officers will carry out additional high visibility patrols across the division providing a reassuring presence and tackling issues such as drugs, antisocial behaviour and violence.
A social media advent calendar has also been created on where the public will be able to view police safety messages on both Facebook and Twitter every day from the 1st to the 25th December.
Chief Inspector Andy McLean, Local Area Commander for the Scottish Borders said: “The Scottish Borders is a wonderful place to visit during the festive period and we will do everything in our power to ensure those who live and work here are kept safe throughout.
“We anticipate that many of our local residents will head out to enjoy the festivities over the coming weeks and I would ask that anyone planning to enjoy the night time economy ensures that they drink and behave responsibly so as not to put themselves or others at risk, and ensure you plan ahead to get home safely.”
He added: “Today marks the start of our annual festive campaign and this year we are taking to social media with our specially themed online advent calendar, which will issue a relevant festive safety message during the run up to Christmas.
“People can receive these messages by liking our Divisional Facebook page and following our Twitter accounts.
“For more information on keeping safe during the festive season then please visit our website at www.scotland.police.uk.”