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By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

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With Ashbourne Police’s Sergeant, Denis Murphy

“‘TIS the season to be jolly” is the claim asserted in the popular carol. Unfortunately, this isn’t mandatory.

There are some in society who will take the opportunities presented by the festive period to continue to ardently pursue their enthusiastic acquisition of other people’s property.

Thieves don’t take a holiday at this time of year - and neither do your local police.

However, we can’t be everywhere so if you are visiting family and friends this Christmas time, or going away for a spell, please take care to ensure that you leave your home secure.

And please don’t leave stacks of gaily-wrapped presentsvisible from your windows!

It might seem difficult to believe but during my time in the police, I have attended reports of domestic burglary on Christmas morning and they are particularly heart-breaking.

Don’t let this happen to you. The appeal to keep possessions safe extends to outhouses, sheds and stores; as your tools, machinery and other equipment will be high on someone’s Christmas list.

If you are concerned about your levels of security, please give us a ring on 101. We will be happy to come and advise on crime reduction matters.

As festive social gatherings really start to get into their swing we will be doing our utmost to try to keep people safe as they enjoy the attractions of Ashbourne’s pubs.

We are working closely with the licensed trade in the town through the “Intoxicated?” initiative to ensure that those whom have had too much to drink are not served any more alcohol.

Drunk people can create a disproportionate demand on police and health care resources.

They are much more likely to be victims of crime and also highly likely to be offenders.

Despite high profile media campaigns, year on year, people who should know better will still drink too much alcohol and drive their motor cars and motor cycles.

This year, Crimestoppers, together with Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety partnership through the “Shop a Drink Driver” scheme, are offering up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of a drink driver.

The number is 0800 555 111. Please think. Where do you want your night to finish this Christmas time?

All at Ashbourne Police Station wish you a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas.

Sgt Murphy’s views are his own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Derbyshire Constabulary

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