Wednesday, July 16 - South West holidaymakers offered police safety tips

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 June 2010

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary will be distributing leaflets containing simple crime prevention advice for holiday makers to ensure they enjoy their time in the South West.

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary will be distributing leaflets containing simple crime prevention advice for holiday makers to ensure they enjoy their time in the South West.

The leaflets will be available at Tourist Information Centres and accommodation providers.

The police said Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are among the safest places to visit in the country - but it paid holidaymakers to take a few minutes to think about their safety while on holiday to make their stay as enjoyable as possible.

Jeff Coe, crime prevention officer for Devon, said: "We want everyone who visits the South West to enjoy their time here and look forward to coming back again.

"It only takes a few minutes to read the leaflet and follow the safety advice offered - and by taking these few simple steps visitors can have peace of mind and keep themselves and their property safe.

"The region is one of the safest places to live and visit but in the unlikely event holidaymakers unfortunately become a victim of crime, or witness a crime, we would urge them to contact the police on 999 in the event of an emergency, or contact their local police officer on 08452 777444."

Simple safety tips this summer:

* While out and about keep a mobile phone with you and don't carry large sums of cash on your person.

* Stick to well lit paths and avoid walking alone at night.

* Secure your vehicle/caravan/room/tent and do not leave any valuables on display.

* Use safes provided by your accommodation where possible

* Never drink and drive

* Be aware of speed limits and restrictions

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