Whilst out and about in East Kent recently, we came across one local council's Community Safety Partnership initiative, with Community Support Officers offering help and advice for greater personal and home safety over Christmas.
Here are some of the hints and tips for planning ahead over the season of Christmas festivities and New Year parties.
And finally, make sure young children know what to do if they lose you in a crowded shopping area this Christmas. For older children, agree a meeting point in case you get separated.
We hope these hints help you enjoy a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. For our Christmas and New Year opening hours, please click here.
999 is for a life-threatening or medical emergency or when a crime is taking place. (Fire, Police, Ambulance, Coastguard.)
101 is a non-emergency number for Police
111 is a non-emergency NHS number
Remember to have your Roadside Assistance provider's number with you in your purse or wallet and in the glove box of your vehicle, plus a copy of your insurance document.
*Since writing this, the Government has introduced tighter restrictions on social gatherings in each of the countries of the British Isles. Please check the local Covid-19 regulations before considering any social gatherings this Christmas and New Year. We wish you a safe and happy festive break.