This festive season make sure staying safe is top of your Christmas list.
As part of a Christmas safety campaign, safe & sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership is encouraging people to visit their website and stay safe by following some simple safety tips.
From being safe online to avoiding loan sharks and keeping homes safe the website has lots of useful information to help keep families safe.
Tips include encouraging Christmas shoppers to watch out for fraudsters when shopping online, festive scams can con people out of a lot of money at what is already an expensive time of year.
The expense of the season can also tempt people to borrow from loan sharks as they struggle for cash, people are urged to use safer lending options as loan sharks will cost borrowers much more financially and have a huge impact on their lives.
Find out more about these festive safety tips and others at www.dudleysafeandsound.org/christmassafety
Councillor Laura Taylor-Childs, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:
"By following some really simple safety tips, people can be more prepared and stay safer over Christmas.
"I would encourage people to visit the partnership’s website and share the basic safety tips with friends and family.
"We really want families to be informed so they are able to avoid things that could cast a shadow over the festive period."