A Christmas crime prevention roadshow that’s touring York and North Yorkshire is due to arrive in Selby this week thanks to police volunteers.
The Keeping safe at Christmas community roadshow will land at Sainsbury's store in Selby on Saturday 2 December between 10am and 2pm.
Focusing on online safety, personal safety and protecting your home and property, volunteers will be on hand to provide seasonal crime prevention advice, raise awareness of online crime and promote the North Yorkshire Community Messaging system that allows members of the public to receive alerts about crime and incidents in their areas.
They will be joined by local Police Community Support Officers and will provide advice from the force’s Cybercrime Unit including safety tips and precautionary steps to take when buying goods online. The local policing team will also be carrying out Operation Cracker in which they encourage local residents to keep an eye out for vulnerable residents over the Christmas period.
Police Support Volunteer Team Leader, Antony Baldwin, who is coordinating the roadshows, said: “The Christmas period is traditionally the busiest time of the year for shopping and unfortunately, there are those who exploit this period for the wrong reasons, but it only takes a few simple preventative measures to discourage criminals and stay safe.
“By going into the heart of our communities, we can take advice direct to members of the public. Crime prevention is not something that is on everyone’s mind in all the excitement and busyness of Christmas, but it is important to take a few moments to keep yourself, your family and your belongings safe. We urge everyone to come on down and have a chat.”
Chief Inspector Al Wescott, of York and Selby Neighbourhood Policing Command, added: “My thanks go to our volunteers for giving up their own time to provide this service to our communities.
“Being there and engaging with local people, providing tips and advice to help them to stay safe is invaluable in promoting a feeling of safety as well as helping to keep crime down. We are very grateful for their support to our local policing teams, it really enhances our service to the public.”