Safe Communities has put together the main tips from police and civil protection to keep people safe and prevent crime over the festive period.

Getting there – Leave for destination in plenty of time – security and traffic arrangements in some places where there are major events Lisbon Praça do Comércio and Terreiro do Paço – bag searches etc – no bottles/glass – comply with police directions. Objective to keep people safe and prevent crime. Use public transport where possible.

Crime – Particularly crowded places and late night public transport such as Lisbon trams – look after your personal possessions etc. Do not carry more than is needed. , Check that you have left the vehicle locked and do not leave valuables in view. Take care parking avoid blocking vehicles.

Pedestrian safety – with increased number of vehicles and pedestrians on the streets police remind to take care when using mobile phones when crossing roads – a number of deaths and serious injuries are caused by lack of attention.

Drink driving – police will be very vigilant concerning offences such as use of mobile phones and drink driving. Last year the GNR fined nearly 600 drivers and arrested nearly 200 over the criminal limit for drink driving so be aware. They advise take public transport and not to get in vehicles where the driver is drunk. Beware morning after.

Alcohol – enjoy yourself but pace yourself with drinking water before you go out and during the night as it will reduce the effect of the alcohol on your body. A meal before you go out and snacks between drinks can help slow down the absorption of alcohol,

Security of buisness and places of late night entertainment

  • When closing up your business late at night keep a lookout that you are not being watched
  • When transporting cash, if the amounts are high, whatever the distance, the cash should be carried by a group of two or three staff members distributed between them.
  • Cash transportation times should be varied and routes varied as well.
  • Don’t put staff at risk

New Year’s Day

Aware ANPC issued warning high seas along entire coast 4-5 metre waves and their advice is NOT to take the traditional NYD dip. Take care near coastal walkways as winds will be higher thro to 2nd Jan.