Hampshire Constabulary wishes its communities a safe festive season

posted 10 Jan 2013, 02:47 by Yateley NW Sec
Published: Friday, December 21, 2012

Hampshire Constabulary would like to wish everyone in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight a safe and happy festive season.  The force has been planning ahead to ensure resources are dedicated to the right areas at the right time over Christmas to help reduce crime.

This time of year is always a busy period for police forces which often experience an increase in incidents in four particular crime types:
-  shoplifting
-  domestic abuse
-  anti-social behaviour
-  violence linked to alcohol, bars, pubs, clubs and other the night-time venues

Local operations are taking place across the force area to help prevent such offences, protect victims and keep communities safe. They're being co-ordinated with extra funding from the centre of the force and support from the Special Constabulary.

Assistant Chief Constable John Campbell said: "I want to wish everyone in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight a safe and enjoyable festive season.  There's always plenty going on at this time and, as we know, that can lead to an increase in violence, alcohol-related crime, anti-social behaviour and thefts.
That's why we've been planning ahead to ensure we have the right resources in the right place at the right time. With an increased demand on policing, we want to continue delivering an excellent service and help prevent people becoming a victim of crime in the first place."

"I would like to thank all of our officers, staff and volunteers and Special constables who have been working hard throughout this period and will continue to do so to help keep our communities safe."

Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire said: "Christmas and New Year are obviously times of great celebration, but also extremely busy for the police force. The festive period often brings an increase in shoplifting, domestic abuse, alcohol related violence, disorder and anti social behaviour."

"The co-ordinated police operations are a welcome response to these problems during the festive season as it will prevent people becoming victims of crime. I myself will be out on patrol with officers on New Year's Eve."

"I would also like to add my thanks to those police officers and staff who are working during this time."


The force also has two high-profile campaigns targeting domestic abuse and drink-driving respectively over Christmas and New Year. 

Click here for more information about 'Speak Out' domestic abuse campaign

Click here for more information about the 'Smashed' drink-drive campaign