You better watch out, you better not cry...

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By adam_leone | Sunday, December 23, 2012, 11:55

People living across Richmond are being urged to watch out whilst celebrating the festive season.

Police have said 46 crimes were reported last year, which involved mostly theft and violence.  

The local Council and Police are now joining forces to make sure residents are mindful of the safety of their new Christmas gifts and personal belongings.

In addition, whilst the festive season goes without a hitch for the majority of people, a small minority end up either in A&E or at the police station.

Party goers are encouraged to drink responsibly and keep a close eye on all their belongings so that they don't become a victim of crime.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture, said: "We certainly don't want to put a dampener on anyone's Christmas spirit or celebrations, we are just urging residents to be vigilant and be safe this Christmas and New Year." 

"Also remember that whilst you are out having a lovely celebration, some people are at home sleeping and working the next day, so keep the noise down."

Clive Chalk, Richmond upon Thames' Borough Commander, added: "Too much alcohol can often lead to people behaving in a way which they would never dream of when sober and is often the cause of violence and anti-social behaviour at the end of a night out."

"That is why we will be carrying out extra patrols throughout the Christmas period and will be working closely with licensed premises across the borough."

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