Police in the Lothians and Scottish Borders have launched their annual festive campaign promoting public safety.
From now until Tuesday, January 3, there will be high-visibility patrols by officers, and regular safety messages delivered through social media and more traditional media
Party safety, home safety and road safety and the key messages for the festive period.
Superintendent Jim Royan, of the divisional command team, said: “We want everyone who lives, works and visits this region to enjoy themselves safely and responsibly over the festive season.
“From now until January 3, there will be additional police patrols deployed providing a reassuring presence as well as offering a point of contact for local residents.
“We plan to focus on the crimes that have the greatest impact on our communities, namely violence and disorder, antisocial behaviour, road safety and housebreaking.
“I offer my personal reassurance that we’ll do everything in our power to address these issues and deal swiftly with those found to be behaving inappropriately.”
Chief Inspector Andy McLean, local area commander for the Borders, added: “Falling victim of crime can be extremely distressing, and one of our key safety messages this year is about keeping your home and property safe.
“There are a number of simple steps that can be taken in order to deter criminals such as don’t leave Christmas presents or any other high-value items in plain view within your home or car.”
“Please also consider removing any surplus cash from your property and instead deposit this into a bank.
“December is, of course, a popular time of year for visiting friends and family, which can often mean leaving your home unattended for several hours.
“If you’re planning on travelling then please ensure that you lock all windows and doors and set your home alarm if you have one.”
Councillor Donald Moffat, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for community safety and chair of the Police, Fire and Rescue and Safer Communities Board said: “The Scottish Borders is a very safe place, however we must all be vigilant and take the necessary precautions to prevent crime where we can.
“This festive campaign highlights a range of messages and if we all take this advice local people and visitors will be able to have an enjoyable, and safe, Christmas and New Year period here in the Scottish Borders.”