An Garda Síochána have released these useful guides for keeping you and your home safe this Christmas
An Garda Síochána has provided seasonal safety advice to ensure we all have a safe and happy Christmas.
'Tis the season to be jolly and get swept up in the magic of twinkling lights, glasses of mulled wine and the giddy joy of consuming mince pies for breakfast.
However, 'tis also the season to be mindful of our safety and wellbeing as the month of December sees an increase in the number of break-ins and aggravated burgalries.
It also sees a rise in assaults, almost a third more than in January or February.
"For most people the Christmas period is an enjoyable and festive season," said Sergeant Kelvin Courtney of the National Crime Prevention Office.
Unfortunately, in December, assaults rise and most thefts from cars occur between 2pm and 9pm when people are out doing their Christmas shopping. People can take some simple steps to protect themselves and their property so they can fully enjoy Christmas."
"I would encourage people to plan their nights out in advance, drink responsibly, avoid confrontation and remember that most reported assaults tend to happen around pubs, clubs or town centres," added Sergeant Courtney
"Thieves take advantage of us at this time of year as they know we may be distracted. So avoid leaving Christmas shopping unattended in the car for long periods and take care of your handbags, wallets and mobile phones.”
An Garda Síochána also encourage people to follow a handy home safety checklist ahead of the holidays.
With that in mind, have a safe and happy Christmas.