Police are giving tips on personal safety this week as part of their Christmas Cracker holiday campaign.
Throughout the week, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers will visit community groups to provide personal safety tips and advice to help people stay safe during the festive season.
Chief Inspector Angelique Howell, the operational commander of Christmas Cracker, said: “During the festive season people go out more and in many cases they drink a bit more than usual. We would urge everyone to be responsible and be safety conscious.
“The aim of this week’s activity is to reinforce the simple, common sense, steps that people can take to stay safe and crime free. But remember, this advice should be followed every day and night of the year, not just for Christmas.”
This year, during the Christmas Cracker campaign, police are concentrating on different themes each week, including personal safety, road safety, home and business security and safety at sea.
Police have the following advice for staying safe during the festive season:
Always let someone know where you are going – and when you will be back.
Always carry your cell phone and stay in touch.
If you are driving to and from an event, park in a well-lit area.
Never leave your drink unattended.
If you are drinking alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver.
Never hitchhike or accept a ride from a stranger.
If someone makes an unwelcome approach to you, do not become aggressive. Confidently and authoritatively tell him/her to back off and leave you alone.
If the situation escalates, call for help.
If you feel the need, take a self-defence class. There are many reputable instructors in the Cayman Islands offering classes at reasonable rates.
To speak to an officer about personal safety concerns, contact your nearest police station. More personal safety advice can be found on the RCIPS website – www.rcips.ky