The reminder is part of the “Don’t have a nightmare this Christmas!” campaign, which is providing crime prevention advice on a range of subjects throughout December.
It’s one of the busiest times of year for pubs, clubs and restaurants, with many people heading out this weekend, and South Wales Police and Gwent Police are reminding young men in particular not to lose their temper on nights out:
- Don’t get involved in fights – walk away.
- Drink in moderation. Eat something before you go out. Take breaks and have a soft drink now and again.
- Know your own limits. Don’t try to keep up with everyone else.
- Don’t let alcohol ruin your night – don’t do something that you will regret.
They are also reminding revellers to stay safe and stay with their friends:
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers, make sure you see your drink being served and never leave your drink unattended
- Make sure your phone credit is topped up and battery is charged before going out
- Make sure you have each of your friends’ mobile numbers before going out
- Make sure someone always knows where you are
- Never walk home alone and keep to well-lit streets
- Always keep spare cash to get home safely
- Plan how you are getting home before you go out – arrange a lift, get timetables for buses / trains or book a licenced taxi
- If a bus is empty or you’re catching it after dark, stay on the lower deck as near as possible to the driver
- Always sit in the back of a taxi – if you feel uneasy, ask the driver to stop at a busy place you know, and get out
- Never get into an unlicensed taxi or minicab touting for business
Posters and adverts have been put up in local pubs and clubs reinforcing these messages. A short film showing the consequences of drinking too much and getting involved in a fight can also be viewed on the campaign website, www.donthaveanightmare.org.uk. Gwent Police and South Wales Police will also be posting crime prevention tips on their Twitter and Facebook accounts throughout the week.
You can follow them on:
South Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Julian Kirby said:
“Town centres are getting busier now with more people going out to enjoy Christmas parties with friends and colleagues.
“Officers will be out on patrol to ensure people have a safe and enjoyable time, but they will not tolerate violence under any circumstances and we will intervene early to prevent incidents getting out of hand.
“We are encouraging people to be aware of their alcohol intake because it will affect choices they may make. We want people to be sensible to make sure this Christmas is memorable for all the right reasons.”
Gwent Police Assistant Chief Constable, Simon Prince, said:
“As one of the busiest times of year, the resources of the emergency services will be in much demand this weekend. We want to make sure that anyone heading out to parties or gatherings feels safe. Police officers will be out and about in our towns and cities to provide that visible presence. But we would also like to ask local revellers to take a few simple steps to ensure that they stay safe and to think before they act. The consequences of their alcohol fuelled decisions, such as getting into a fight, can be long lasting.”