Gwent Police and South Wales Police say: Don't have a nightmare this Christmas!

26th November 2012

This is the second year that the police forces have joined together to tackle crime over the festive season.

As part of the Don't Have a Nightmare This Christmas campaign, crime prevention messages will be delivered to local communities on a range of subjects.

The campaign is based around a series of artwork, which has been produced in the style of film posters. They focus on a range of themes including vehicle crime (damage to and theft from vehicles), burglary, theft of personal belongings, personal safety and alcohol related violence. A series of short films have also been made to help provide crime prevention messages these will be shown on the side of mobile police stations in local communities and can also be viewed online.

A campaign website provides handy crime prevention tips for the festive season, and information will also be provided to the public via the Gwent Police and South Wales Police Twitter and Facebook pages.

Gwent Police Chief Constable Carmel Napier and newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners for Gwent Ian Johnston launched the campaign today (Monday 26th November) at the Asda store in Pill, Newport.

In South Wales, Assistant Chief Constable Julian Kirby launched the campaign at the South Wales Police Headquarters in Bridgend.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnston, commented: "I'm delighted that one of my first duties as the Police and Crime Commissioner is to help launch a campaign which aims to keep Gwent residents and their property safe over the festive period. Anything we can do to help people minimise the risks to themselves and their property is a good thing."

Gwent Police Chief Constable Carmel Napier added: "This is typically a busy time of year for the police and emergency services, and we want to make sure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time. The film-inspired Christmas campaign aims to provide local communities with a range of crime prevention tips, to help keep them safe over the Christmas and New Year.

"The chances of being a victim of crime in Gwent are low, and hopefully this campaign will help people reduce the chances even more."

Assistant Chief Constable Julian Kirby of South Wales Police said: "Christmas is a busy time of year and we want to make sure the festive season remains enjoyable. "The campaign reminds our communities of simple measures they can take to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime over the Christmas period, focusing on personal safety, theft of personal belongings, burglary, and alcohol-related violence. "We will be using social media so our messages reach people at all times of the day, wherever they are."