Plan ahead and make most of festive season

Police patrol
Police patrol

Police in Fife kicked off their Christmas campaign on Monday and are urging people to stay safe when celebrating this festive period.

During the Christmas and New Year period, a number of alcohol-related incidents are reported including disturbances, assaults and antisocial behaviour.

Local officers will now begin engaging with their communities to promote responsible behaviour for those enjoying the festivities.

Licensing officers will be visiting various pubs and clubs within the region to speak with staff and remind them of their responsibilities when serving alcohol to patrons, while high visibility patrols will be out during evenings and weekends.

The holiday season can also result in increased reports of housebreakings and thefts with criminals targeting the homes of those who have left to visit family and friends so there will be increased police patrols deployed across the area to identify potentially vulnerable properties and deter crime.

Chief Inspector Graeme Kinmond, local commander for Levenmouth said: “The festive period is a time of celebration and relaxation for our communities, many of whom will head out and about enjoying a night out with family, friends or workmates.

“It is therefore essential that the public are equipped with all the necessary advice and guidance on staying safe.

“Simple steps such as drinking responsibly, planning evenings in advance and always being aware of your surroundings will help make sure your evening is an enjoyable and safe one.”