Have yourself a merry and above all safe Christmas this year. That’s the festive message from police in Midlothian.
Local officers have launched their annual campaign to keep the public safe.
This year there will be a strong focus on spreading the message on Facebook and Twitter with an special advent calendar offering advice from December 1 to 25.
This year’s festive campaign will focus on tackling issues such as violence, anti-social behaviour and hate crime.
Chief Superintendent Gill Imery said: “The message is to be safe across the board. Plan ahead for nights out in the lead up to Christmas. People should make arrangements to get home safely and look after friends.
“Be responsible and safe on the road.
“Drivers should look after themselves and passengers.
“Think about safety for your property, homes, cars and the presents you are buying.
“Be aware of the need for basic security measures.”
Midlothian’s local area commnader Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson added that over the festive period there would be increased police patrols in retail areas.
With the increase in online shopping he urged Midlothian residents to be careful.
“Computer-based shopping comes with its own challenges and opportuntites for criminals,” he warned.
Chief Inspector Simpson asked communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity by calling 101.
For more information on keeping safe during the festive season, visit the Police Scotland website.