Police remind Christmas revellers to stay safe

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Edinburgh police are urging the public to ensure they keep their belongings and goods safe while out in the city centre over the festive period.

As part of Operation Astrodome, officers will have a high-visibility presence in busy areas of the capital to detect and deter criminal activity.

Police officers will offer members of the public crime preventiion advice, particularly around safeguarding valuables while out shopping, or enjoying the Christmas and New Year celebrations in the town.

Posters highlighting the “Hold Onto Your Stuff” message are being displayed throughout popular retail destinations.

These posters are already on display within all stalls at the Edinburgh’s Christmas markets on Princes Street and St Andrew Square and local policing teams are supporting stewarding and security staff with unformed and plain-clothes officers.

Inspector Alun Williams said: “The city centre continues to get busier and busier, with thousands of people coming out to shop and enjoy Edinburgh’s festive celebrations.

“Officers will be out on foot and bicycle patrols during the festival to speak with the public and distribute crime prevention leaflets, which provide guidance on how to protect their belongings.”