Canterbury police are highlighting what they call the '12
Crimes of Christmas' to ensure the district stays safe this
The social media-based campaign began yesterday with a focus
on party safety, urging party-goers to plan ahead, arrange
safe transport home and look after themselves and their
The crimes featured in the campaign aren't necessarily
restricted to Christmas, but Canterbury prevention manager
Richard Bruce said the aim was to ensure people did not
become victims of crime over the holidays, or spend the
festive season locked in a cell.
"This is a time when we are extra busy and stressed getting
prepared for festivities and holidays, and have bigger social
"We are more prone to taking our eye off the ball, relaxing
our security and giving opportunists a chance to take
Alcohol-fuelled crime, burglary, scams, drink-driving, family
violence and holiday safety tips are some of the themes that
will feature, along with simple steps to help make this
Christmas a happy one.
"There's nothing worse than having the family's Christmas
presents stolen out from under the Christmas tree, or having
the holidays spoiled by crashes on the road.
"It's also a time of celebration, with people enjoying work
parties, family get-togethers and summer barbecues with a few
drinks - but unfortunately there's a minority of people that
take it too far.
"When people have too much alcohol on board they're likely to
make poor decisions and all too often we see them end up as
offenders or victims of crime or crashes.''
The 12 Crimes of Christmas campaign will see crime prevention
and safety messages posted daily on the Christchurch Police
Facebook page, on each of the 12 days leading up to
"Hopefully by reminding people of a few simple safety ideas
we can reduce those risks and help people to have a safer and
happier Christmas and New Year.''