At this time of year, police forces across the country traditionally see a rise in incidents from acquisitive crime to reports of domestic violence and drink driving.
Op Yuletide puts in place proactive initiatives to tackle areas of demand, while raising awareness through social media about what the public can do to help protect themselves. It addresses areas related to the night time economy, serious acquisitive crime, road safety, domestic abuse, mental health and counter terrorism.
This year, to support retailers and shoppers there will be increased high visibility patrols in crowded areas to deter offending, provide a quick response and to reassure people who may feel vulnerable in busy environments.
As well as a police presence at drinking hotspots, Humberside Police will continue to work closely with licensees and partner agencies to support vulnerable people and deal promptly with those causing disorder.
Specially trained officers and support agencies will work together to provide a quick response to victims of domestic abuse to gather evidence for an investigation and safeguard the families affected.
Chief Superintendent Phil Ward at Humberside Police, said: “Sadly, not everyone embraces the festive spirit for the right reasons and we know that there will be a spike in crimes in December, from the theft of shopping bags left in cars to a rise in cases of anti-social behaviour and incidents of drink-driving.
“We’re working hard to keep everyone who lives, works and visits our area safe this Christmas and are once again running our festive operation to tackle these areas of demand. From additional officers patrolling shopping centres, markets and drinking hotspots, to specialist support workers in our call centre to support vulnerable people – we want to reassure you that your safety is our number one priority.
“We don’t want to dampen the Christmas spirit, however it’s important that the people are aware of potential risks and know where to go and what support they can get.”
Operation Yuletide officially begins on 1 December and will run through to the New Year.
Chief Superintendent Phil Ward continued: “Working to get criminals off the streets is something we work hard to do every single day.
“While many businesses wind down during December with parties and time off, it’s one of our busiest periods. We’re a 24/7 organisation and our officers and support staff do an excellent job, year-round to keep you safe.”
Chief Superintendent Phil Ward visited local business Coletta and Tyson Nurseries and Garden Centre to share the Op Yuletide safety messages with Christmas shoppers.