#BobbyTheElf wants you to arrive home safely this Christmas
We want everyone to arrive home safely this Christmas, so we’re reminding motorists of the fatal 4 driving offences:
- Drink Driving
- Driving whilst using a mobile phone
- Not wearing a seatbelt
All of these offences puts lives at risk and can have devastating consequences. They could also leave you with a driving ban and a fine.
Keep yourself and those around you on the roads safe over the festive season.
#BobbyTheElf urges you to #MakeTheRight call
Make the right call over the festive season and please think carefully before dialling 999 or 101.
Only call 999 in a genuine emergency where there is a direct and immediate threat to life or property or if a crime is in progress.
Dial 101 for all other non-emergency police matters; however, please consider using the Norfolk Constabulary website to report incidents or to access our Frequently Asked Questions.
If it is not a policing matter, then please contact the relevant agency.
#BobbyTheElf reminds us Domestic Abuse will not be tolerated
Christmas is a special time when families should be enjoying the festive season. However, historically, incidents of domestic abuse increase over Christmas, when the pressures of family and money and an increase in alcohol consumption can put additional strain on relationships.
If you want to speak to someone, or have any concerns that someone you know may be affected by domestic abuse, please contact police on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.
#BobbyTheElf urges parents to share online safety advice this Christmas
If your child has any kind of computer or mobile phone devise on their Christmas list this year, please consider giving them some on-line safety advice to accompany it.
It will cost you nothing yet the information is an invaluable gift to protect your child online.
Check out Internet.matters.org for some great advice.
#BobbyTheElf gives winter driving safety advice
As temperatures drop the roads can become more hazardous to motorists.
Make sure you’re prepared to use the roads during cold and icy weather by following some simple advice, such as clearing your windscreen, allowing extra time for your journey and driving to the conditions.
You can get more winter driving advice here.
#BobbyTheElf wants you to stay safe when celebrating Christmas
Christmas party season is in full swing and festive revellers are being urged to drink sensibly.
Know your limits - binge drinking can aggravate arguments which lead to fights that can devastate lives. It can also lead people to make poor decisions such as drink or drug driving, or make them more vulnerable to assaults.
Reckless drinking can quickly impact on both a person’s safety and their judgement to keep within the law, which can hold serious consequences, and Norfolk Police are keen to raise awareness of these, very real, dangers.
Here are our top tips on how to stay safe on a night out;
- Don’t be tempted to drink too much before the night begins. People who preload are more likely to become involved in violent crime or injure themselves.
- Make sure you have something to eat before a night out and drink water regularly.
- Don't make yourself vulnerable by getting too drunk – know your limits.
- Stay with friends, look out for one another and make sure you all get home safely.
- Arrange a meeting point and rendezvous times in case you get separated from friends.
- Pre-book safe transport home and do not accept lifts from strangers.
- Save the number of a licensed taxi firm in your mobile phone. Always check the driver's identification and never get into an unlicensed taxi.
- Avoid walking alone and never take short cuts through dark alleys or large open spaces.
- Stash some cash in case you lose your purse or wallet.
- Store an ICE (in case of emergency) number in your phone.
- Keep an eye on your drinks and never leave them unattended. Even soft drinks could get spiked.
- Getting behind the wheel after drinking can have tragic consequences, the advice is simple, don’t drink and drive.
#BobbyTheElf warns about car security
Make sure your car security is at the top of your list when heading out to do your Christmas shopping.
Opportunistic thieves will be looking out for cars filled with gifts and personal belongings.
Make sure your car is left secure at all times and don’t leave anything of value on display.
You can find more advise on car security here.
#BobbyTheElf urges you to think about home security
Don’t let thieves steal the gifts from under your tree and make sure you put home security at the top of your Christmas list.
The festive season can be a tempting time for thieves as homes are filled with gadgets and expensive gifts.
Ensure you have strong, secure doors and windows; avoid openly displaying Christmas gifts and keep a light on to make it look like someone’s home.
Also look after your neighbourhood and remain vigilant to any suspicious activity and report anything that seems out of place.
You can get some security advice here.
#BobbyTheElf warns against online scams this Christmas
Be careful when looking for online bargains in the run up to Christmas.
With more and more people choosing to shop online for gifts, it’s important you know how to spot the signs of online fraud.
If something looks too good to be true it probably is. Trust your instincts and follow these straightforward steps to keep fraudsters off your Christmas list.
#BobbyThe Elf warns against drink driving
Don’t end up with a hangover you’ll never forget – waking up in a police cell, a driving ban and a fine.
Drink driving puts lives at risk and has serious consequences.
Don’t forget alcohol can still be in your system the morning after the night before so know your limits.
The message is simple: don’t drink and drive!
#Bobby The Elf Day 1
Norfolk Police will have a little helper to spread messages of a safe Christmas over the festive season.
From next week, Bobby The Elf will be seen in different scenarios to provide a series of crime prevention messages and guidance via social media to encourage everyone to have a safe Christmas.
Christmas is a time of celebration, to have fun and catch up with family and friends, but the highs can easily turn into lows if the party spirit gets out of hand.
Unfortunately for some letting their hair down may lead to them losing their inhibitions and taking more risks, leaving themselves vulnerable to becoming a victim or perpetrator of crime. For others, it may result in poor decisions, such as drink or drug driving, anti-social behaviour or even serious assault.
Supported by #BobbyTheElf, the aim of the campaign is to highlight tips on personal safety, including online protection, home security and to urge people to think of their own personal safety.
Chief Inspector Craig Miller said: “We know the Elf On The Shelf trend has become extremely popular on social media during the festive season and we are pleased to welcome Bobby The Elf to Norfolk Constabulary to help deliver some very important messages around safety in a fun way.
“The aim of our Christmas campaign is not to try to spoil anyone’s enjoyment but to encourage the public to be more aware of crime prevention by highlighting the types of incidents we typically deal at this time of year.
"Alcohol affects everybody differently; it can enhance emotions that lead to conflicts with loved ones and strangers, as well as lowering inhibitions which makes a person more vulnerable or susceptible to criminal activity. There are harsh realities to the consequences of excessive drinking and it is important that people know the risks that come with alcohol and the impact it can have on their safety.
"Unfortunately this time of year doesn’t fill everyone with the feelings of good will and we often see a spike in opportunistic theft crime. These can be prevented by taking extra care and attention when out shopping or by implementing simple safety precautions at home. Throughout our campaign will address these to ensure everyone has a safe Christmas
“We hope everyone enjoys the adventures of Bobby The Elf over the coming weeks whilst listening to his advice.”
Bobby The Elf’s top tips for a safer Christmas:
• Pace your drinking and ensure you break up the alcohol with water.
• Keep an eye on your drinks and never leave them unattended. Even soft drinks could get spiked.
• Stick with friends, look out for one another and make sure you all get home safely. Arrange a meeting point and rendezvous times in case you get separated.
• Pre-book safe transport home and do not accept lifts from strangers. Save the number of a licensed taxi firm in your mobile phone. Always check the driver's identification and never get into an unlicensed taxi.
• Avoid walking alone and never take short cuts through dark alleys or large open spaces.
• Keep some cash on you in case you lose your purse or wallet.
• Getting behind the wheel after drinking can have tragic consequences. The advice is simple, don’t drink and drive.
• Don’t let thieves steal your Christmas – keep vehicles and homes secure, and ensure valuables are out of sight.
• Keep your PIN number safe; do not disclose to anyone or carry with your card. If you see someone acting suspicious and hanging around an ATM, cancel the transaction and use another cashpoint.