Stop at Merry this Christmas
The Christmas period running up to the New Year in the City is a busy time. This means an increase in alcohol-related crime and other crimes, including theft of personal belongings, violent behaviour and the use of illegal mini-cabs.
Last year in December there was an increase in bags and electronic items such as phones, laptops and tablets stolen inside licensed premises.
We want people to have fun and be able to celebrate with friends and colleagues safely. But drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can make people vulnerable to criminals, which is why the City of London Police is asking people to stop at merry this Christmas.
In light of the recent terrorist attacks, it is important that people remain vigilant in crowded places such as bars, restaurants and night clubs. If you have suspicions about somebody’s activities or behaviour, call the Anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency call 999.
With everyone on high alert, leaving your bag unattended may cause unnecessary panic and disruption. Use a cloakroom or keep your belongings with you at all times.
Extra officers will be out during December to ensure people stay safe and to help support licensed premises during this busy period.
Tweets with crime prevention messages will be sent out via the @CityPolice Twitter account with the hashtag #StopAtMerry.
On Thursday evening (3 December) we will be tweeting incidents as they happen in the Square Mile to illustrate the damaging effects alcohol can have using the hashtag #StopAtMerry.
If you are a victim of crime or see anything suspicious, please report it to police by calling 101 in a non-emergency or 999 in an emergency.