Enjoy a safe Christmas

Advice about how to stay safe and secure at Christmas will be on offer at crime prevention roadshows in Dorchester and Weymouth.

A campaign will also be launched on social media giving residents tips about how to improve their security during the festive season.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council’s Community Safety Team will join forces with Dorset Police to bring these safety messages to our streets. They will be in New Bond Street, Weymouth, from 2pm-4pm on Thursday (14th) and in South Street, Dorchester, from 10am-12noon on Friday. (15th)

Councillor Francis Drake, Community Safety Brief holder, at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “I am pleased that we are getting the message about improving security out there, both through roadshows and on social media. Dorset is a safe place and burglary is low, but it still makes sense to be vigilant and take care.”

Councillor Alan Thacker, Community Safety and Access Portfolio Holder at West Dorset District Council, said: “We can all improve our security by taking simple steps and I am glad we are working hard to get this message across. However, please don’t worry unduly as West Dorset is a safe place and burglary is low.”

Simple steps residents can take to improve security include locking windows and drawing curtains if you are going to be out when it gets dark. Keep doors locked and take keys out of locks if people could reach them through a letter box or cat flap. Installing lighting outside and putting lights on timer switches can be used to make it appear that someone is in. 

The social media campaign asks residents to consider their security, this includes simple things like not to post online that they are away for the festive season.