Police have launched their annual Season’s Greetings operation to keep people safe in the run up to and during the Christmas period.
Officers will focus on deterring and detecting criminality and providing visible reassurance during some of the busiest weeks of the year.
Superintendent Jeremy Lindsay said: “This year we will have a particular focus on illegal drug activity, retail crime and looking after older people and the more vulnerable in our communities.
“This will involve preventative patrols in key areas and neighbourhoods, liaising with local businesses to provide crime prevention advice, and conducting our daily business of tackling crime.
“This time of year can be difficult for many people and in the past we have seen an increase in the number of domestic abuse reports over the Christmas period. Please do not suffer in silence. Within District we have specialised officers who work alongside partner agencies to support abuse victims. It can also be a lonely time of year for many. If you live close to an older or vulnerable person please take the time to check on them and make sure they are safe. Please contact us if you have concerns about the safety of any individual.
“During our operation, we will continue to focus on the sale and use of illegal and dangerous drugs. Illegal drug use creates misery which can intensify at this time of year so we will be proactively targeting those who peddle drugs on our streets and in our communities.”
Chair of Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Alderman George Duddy said: “Causeway Coast and Glens PCSP believe that drugs misuse can tear families and communities apart. It is a priority of the PCSP to educate our community on the dangers of drugs and ultimately make Causeway Coast and Glens a safer place for everyone.
“We continue to work with our young people, our schools and the general public in order to highlight the dangers of drugs and whilst the PSNI is committed to tackling the issue, they need co-operation from the wider community. Don’t let drug dealers destroy lives in our communities – call Crimestoppers now and help us stop them.”
Superintendent Lindsay concluded: “You can help us during Operation Season’s Greetings by following the crime prevention advice we will share on our social media channels to protect yourself, your home and your property; by being safe and careful on our roads; by looking out for older people and the more vulnerable in your local community and by reporting any suspicious activity to us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”