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Clare gardaí issue safety advice this Christmas

GARDAÍ in Clare have issued a number of safety tips for this Christmas. In relation to Covid-19 gardaí advise that every contact counts. “If you must meet up this Christmas keep your contacts to a minimum, wear a mask if you can’t stay two metres apart and follow the HSE guidelines for your safety and others,” says Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Triona Brooks.
However, the advice is not confined to Covid safety. “Drink alcohol responsibly and if you are going out plan your night, tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back. Don’t walk home alone but if you have to walk in well-lit areas,” she urges.
People are being reminded to take care when carrying your handbag and phone, keep handbags zipped and don’t put a wallet in your back pocket. “Only take out as much money as you need at ATMs and cover your pin,” she says. Other advice includes not leaving shopping on view inside your car and to park in secure well lit areas, and make sure to lock it.
When leaving home ensure that all your doors and windows are locked and that your alarm is on. “Don’t leave Christmas presents on view inside your home. If you are expecting deliveries also make sure someone is there to collect it or arrange for someone to take it in.”
And if you are away for Christmas make sure your home looks occupied – leave a light on and get someone to check your property.

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