Police issue safety guidelines ahead of Diwali Celebrations

Diwali lights on Belgrave Road Leicester

Thousands of people are expected at the Diwali lights switch-on taking place today on Belgrave Road and Cossington Street Recreation Ground.

Leicestershire Poice have issued some crime prevention measures to ensure everyone enjoys the festivities safely.

The festivities will take place between 5.30pm-8pm, with the illumination of the Diwali lights along Belgrave Road starting at 7.30pm. An aerial firework display will follow shortly after.

This marks an exciting two-week of events across the city including dance, music, theatre and exhibitions.

Leicestershire Police’s Kerry Smith said:

“We would like to wish everyone celebrating, a very happy and safe Diwali. We want you to enjoy the festivities and we are asking you to follow our Celebrate Safely crime prevention measures.”

To ensure that you have a safe Diwali take the following steps:

1) Be discreet with your valuables/money. Carry bags close to you and keep them closed when not in use

2) Cover jewellery to ensure it is not on show; for example, wear a scarf to cover a necklace

3) Be aware of what is happening around you and trust your instincts, if you feel unsafe change your direction and go where you feel safer or are more visible to other people

4) Before leaving home, remember to lock your doors and windows, even if you are going out for only a short time

5) Consider using a timer switch for lights and a radio if you go out in the evening or overnight

6) Always report incidents to the Police

7) Never overfill your karahi with oil or leave it unattended when the heat is on. If the oil starts to smoke, turn off the heat and leave it to cool

8) Use only enough ghee for the diva to last your puja. If you do need to leave a diva, candle or nightlight unattended, make sure that it rests safely on a surface which will not melt or burn. At all times, keep the flame at a safe distance from curtains, decorations, or clothing

Leicester Updates would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Diwali.