“The policing of popular drinking areas across the force area over Easter will be focused on ensuring we support people who are vulnerable – often drunk – and responding promptly in a positive way to deal with people who step outside the law.
“We will have dedicated officers on duty speaking to revellers, dealing with any issues and helping to make Easter nights out memorable for all the right reasons.
Research shows alcohol plays a key role in this type of crime and police want the public to take some responsibility for their actions and help curtail the number of victims by drinking sensibly and taking steps to ensure they don’t become another statistic.
Chief Inspector Butler added
“Drinking excessively lowers inhibitions and can affect a person’s decision making which unfortunately increases the chances of becoming a victim or perpetrator of crimes like assaults or sexual offences.
Ultimately our aim is to keep everyone safe and we are encouraging responsible drinking and are asking people heading out for a good night with friends to consider following some basic advice:
• Do not leave your drinks unattended or accept drinks from strangers as this could leave you vulnerable to having your drink spiked.
• Remember to alternate your drinks with soft drinks as these will help you stay hydrated
• Stay with your friends. Safety in numbers.
• Try to avoid arguments – people often say things they regret or become aggressive while drinking.
• We live in an area where there are lots of water courses. Stay safe around open water. If you see someone enter the water call 999 immediately.
• Plan to get home safely, book a taxi or use the night bus services. Never walk home alone.
• Never use an unregistered taxi.
• Do not drink and drive or travel with anyone drinking and driving.”
If people witness a crime in progress they should call 999 and in a non-emergency call 101.
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