Wiltshire Police urge revellers to think safe this Christmas

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Follow the force's tips to stay safe this party season Follow the force's tips to stay safe this party season

As part of the Christmas Crime Prevention week, Wiltshire Police are issuing advice regarding personal safety.

At this time of year with all the Christmas parties and nights out, it is easy to forget to take sensible measures to stay safe.

Officers want to remind people of simple steps they can take to reduce the chance of becoming a victim.

It is also very important that any potential offenders are aware that they will face serious consequences if they commit violent or sexual offences and that they face a prison sentence.

DS Julie Law said: "We want everyone to be able to enjoy the festive season in a safe manner.

"It is important to remember that you are more vulnerable after consuming alcohol so make a plan on how to get home safely with friends before you go out. Don't leave your drink unattended and think twice before accepting a drink from someone you don’t know.

"We encourage everyone to take these measures at all times of the year. Simple things like making sure that someone knows when you are expected to be home, making sure you stick with friends, ensuring you have a charged mobile phone and sticking to well lit areas are easy ways to help decrease the opportunity for offenders to strike.

"Victims may be worried about contacting the police to report sexual assault and we understand that it can be very difficult to talk about something like this; however I would like to reassure people that anyone who reports a sexual assault will be treated with dignity and respect."

DS Law underlined that cell in police custody is not a festive place to be.

She said: "Our message to offenders is this, we will do everything in our power to identify you and put you before the courts."

Personal Safety tips:

• Think about your safety before you leave home; make sure someone knows where you are going, who you are with and what time you are likely to return.

• Plan your transport ahead; if you are catching a bus or train, what time does it leave and return, what will you do if you miss it or it is cancelled? And If travelling by taxi, always use a properly licensed firm and book ahead. On the return journey wait for the taxi driver to ask for you - don’t assume a car pulling up is your taxi

• Fully charge your mobile phone and keep it with you so you can keep in contact with your friends and family and ring police should you need to

• Try to stay with friends and don’t go off alone - don’t let any of your friends go off alone either. Look out for each other especially if one of you has drunk too much

• Walking home in the dark is never a good idea, but if you absolutely must, try to walk with a friend, keep to busy well lit roads even if it means taking a longer route

• If you think someone is following you, go to the nearest place where there are people and ask for help, or, if you can’t find somewhere or you are worried about someone’s behaviour towards you in any way, ring 999.

• Don’t be afraid about being wrong or over-reacting; the police would rather be called only to find that all is well, than be dealing with an incident because someone was afraid of calling them.

• Carrying a personal attack alarm is a good idea, day or night, especially if you are walking alone.

• Always try to be aware of what and who is around you and avoid putting yourself in a potentially dangerous situation.

• And remember, it might not be you that is in danger – if you see anything you think is suspicious call the police – better safe than sorry.

If you are a victim of sexual assault, tell someone. Even if you don’t want to tell police, tell a trusted friend, family member or GP.

If you want to talk to someone in confidence you can ring the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) on 0808 168 0024 available 24/7. They are trained to help with victims of sexual assault and can offer advice and guidance.

Jools James-Kempshall Manager of the SARC said: "We will support everybody who makes contact with us and will offer non-judgemental help and advice whichever route you decide to take.

"There are two routes of referral into the SARC, police referrals where an official complaint has been made to police or self referral.

"Victims who self refer i.e. those who do not choose to have any police involvement can gain 24/7 access to crisis support, first aid and specialist clinical and forensic care. These referrals can also be made via your GP, out of hours clinics, A&E departments or via a third party such as a school or college counsellor.

"Our priority is to help ensure that people can enjoy the party season in a safe way. Our message is simply; think about your safety, remain vigilant and plan ahead, make sure that someone knows where you are going and when you expect to be home.

"Don’t put yourself in a situation where you have drunk so much alcohol that you are at risk of becoming a victim or equally an offender, never leave your drink unattended and don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know. If you feel concerned about your own or someone else’s safety then call police, it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry."

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2:37am Wed 18 Dec 13

beetawix says...

The detective Sergeant says .....
It is also very important that any potential offenders are aware that they will face serious consequences if they commit violent or sexual offences and that they face a prison sentence.

Is this new?
The detective Sergeant says ..... It is also very important that any potential offenders are aware that they will face serious consequences if they commit violent or sexual offences and that they face a prison sentence. Is this new? beetawix

10:51am Wed 18 Dec 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

We are told in another article that the Chief Constable is looking into ways of saving police time and cutting back on needless duties. Is there anything more needless than these incessant, pointless, nannying issuings of advice that do nothing other than demonstrate that our police force thinks the general public are incapable of functioning without their guidance?
We are told in another article that the Chief Constable is looking into ways of saving police time and cutting back on needless duties. Is there anything more needless than these incessant, pointless, nannying issuings of advice that do nothing other than demonstrate that our police force thinks the general public are incapable of functioning without their guidance? Mrs Donnyfly

9:25pm Thu 19 Dec 13

AnotherSmithy says...

Nothing wrong with the police giving out this type of advice. There are many people who have an attitude of "it won't happen to me"!
A gentle reminder can't be a bad thing - it may only prevent one person from making an avoidable mistake, it may prevent many. Either way, it justifies the small amount of time given by the police to make people think about their own safety.
There is also the knock-on effect that if more people "think safe" and take necessary precautions, less calls could potentially be made to the police, therefore saving police time!
Nothing wrong with the police giving out this type of advice. There are many people who have an attitude of "it won't happen to me"! A gentle reminder can't be a bad thing - it may only prevent one person from making an avoidable mistake, it may prevent many. Either way, it justifies the small amount of time given by the police to make people think about their own safety. There is also the knock-on effect that if more people "think safe" and take necessary precautions, less calls could potentially be made to the police, therefore saving police time! AnotherSmithy

7:28am Fri 20 Dec 13

politepanda says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
We are told in another article that the Chief Constable is looking into ways of saving police time and cutting back on needless duties. Is there anything more needless than these incessant, pointless, nannying issuings of advice that do nothing other than demonstrate that our police force thinks the general public are incapable of functioning without their guidance?
Judging by the number of deaths on the roads, the number of assaults on the streets and the fact that sexual offences are still happening - I'd say that a small percentage of the populace need a darn sight more than nannying from the police. If only the law allowed it.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: We are told in another article that the Chief Constable is looking into ways of saving police time and cutting back on needless duties. Is there anything more needless than these incessant, pointless, nannying issuings of advice that do nothing other than demonstrate that our police force thinks the general public are incapable of functioning without their guidance?[/p][/quote]Judging by the number of deaths on the roads, the number of assaults on the streets and the fact that sexual offences are still happening - I'd say that a small percentage of the populace need a darn sight more than nannying from the police. If only the law allowed it. politepanda

7:32am Fri 20 Dec 13

politepanda says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
We are told in another article that the Chief Constable is looking into ways of saving police time and cutting back on needless duties. Is there anything more needless than these incessant, pointless, nannying issuings of advice that do nothing other than demonstrate that our police force thinks the general public are incapable of functioning without their guidance?
I'd say that a small percentage of the populace require a lot more than nannying from the police. Ha! If only the law allowed!
Unless of course drunk driving, assaults, robberies, sexual offences etc., have
all ended recently.....?
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: We are told in another article that the Chief Constable is looking into ways of saving police time and cutting back on needless duties. Is there anything more needless than these incessant, pointless, nannying issuings of advice that do nothing other than demonstrate that our police force thinks the general public are incapable of functioning without their guidance?[/p][/quote]I'd say that a small percentage of the populace require a lot more than nannying from the police. Ha! If only the law allowed! Unless of course drunk driving, assaults, robberies, sexual offences etc., have all ended recently.....? politepanda

7:34am Fri 20 Dec 13

politepanda says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
We are told in another article that the Chief Constable is looking into ways of saving police time and cutting back on needless duties. Is there anything more needless than these incessant, pointless, nannying issuings of advice that do nothing other than demonstrate that our police force thinks the general public are incapable of functioning without their guidance?
Just another opportunity to throw a couple of rocks at the police - just for the sake of it?
How does it feel?
Do you EVER think about what you write - do you ever give an article more thought than "how can I use this article to insult someone"?
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: We are told in another article that the Chief Constable is looking into ways of saving police time and cutting back on needless duties. Is there anything more needless than these incessant, pointless, nannying issuings of advice that do nothing other than demonstrate that our police force thinks the general public are incapable of functioning without their guidance?[/p][/quote]Just another opportunity to throw a couple of rocks at the police - just for the sake of it? How does it feel? Do you EVER think about what you write - do you ever give an article more thought than "how can I use this article to insult someone"? politepanda

3:38pm Sun 22 Dec 13

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

While Mrs Donnyfly appears to be no great admirer of the police or their announcements, I see nothing in her comments to support your accusation of rock throwing or insulting anyone ,
It seemed to me to be just a personal view of police PR, delivered in a 'have your say' panel which is designed for such a view.
You also ask if Mrs Donnyfly thinks about what she writes. i suggest, yes on the basis that it was delivered in one post.
While Mrs Donnyfly appears to be no great admirer of the police or their announcements, I see nothing in her comments to support your accusation of rock throwing or insulting anyone , It seemed to me to be just a personal view of police PR, delivered in a 'have your say' panel which is designed for such a view. You also ask if Mrs Donnyfly thinks about what she writes. i suggest, yes on the basis that it was delivered in one post. The.Central.Scrutinizer

6:24pm Sun 22 Dec 13

politepanda says...

The.Central.Scrutini
zer
wrote:
While Mrs Donnyfly appears to be no great admirer of the police or their announcements, I see nothing in her comments to support your accusation of rock throwing or insulting anyone ,
It seemed to me to be just a personal view of police PR, delivered in a 'have your say' panel which is designed for such a view.
You also ask if Mrs Donnyfly thinks about what she writes. i suggest, yes on the basis that it was delivered in one post.
Oh, really?
[quote][p][bold]The.Central.Scrutini zer[/bold] wrote: While Mrs Donnyfly appears to be no great admirer of the police or their announcements, I see nothing in her comments to support your accusation of rock throwing or insulting anyone , It seemed to me to be just a personal view of police PR, delivered in a 'have your say' panel which is designed for such a view. You also ask if Mrs Donnyfly thinks about what she writes. i suggest, yes on the basis that it was delivered in one post.[/p][/quote]Oh, really? politepanda

6:24pm Sun 22 Dec 13

politepanda says...

The.Central.Scrutini
zer
wrote:
While Mrs Donnyfly appears to be no great admirer of the police or their announcements, I see nothing in her comments to support your accusation of rock throwing or insulting anyone ,
It seemed to me to be just a personal view of police PR, delivered in a 'have your say' panel which is designed for such a view.
You also ask if Mrs Donnyfly thinks about what she writes. i suggest, yes on the basis that it was delivered in one post.
You think?
[quote][p][bold]The.Central.Scrutini zer[/bold] wrote: While Mrs Donnyfly appears to be no great admirer of the police or their announcements, I see nothing in her comments to support your accusation of rock throwing or insulting anyone , It seemed to me to be just a personal view of police PR, delivered in a 'have your say' panel which is designed for such a view. You also ask if Mrs Donnyfly thinks about what she writes. i suggest, yes on the basis that it was delivered in one post.[/p][/quote]You think? politepanda

6:25pm Sun 22 Dec 13

politepanda says...

The.Central.Scrutini
zer
wrote:
While Mrs Donnyfly appears to be no great admirer of the police or their announcements, I see nothing in her comments to support your accusation of rock throwing or insulting anyone ,
It seemed to me to be just a personal view of police PR, delivered in a 'have your say' panel which is designed for such a view.
You also ask if Mrs Donnyfly thinks about what she writes. i suggest, yes on the basis that it was delivered in one post.
Oh.
[quote][p][bold]The.Central.Scrutini zer[/bold] wrote: While Mrs Donnyfly appears to be no great admirer of the police or their announcements, I see nothing in her comments to support your accusation of rock throwing or insulting anyone , It seemed to me to be just a personal view of police PR, delivered in a 'have your say' panel which is designed for such a view. You also ask if Mrs Donnyfly thinks about what she writes. i suggest, yes on the basis that it was delivered in one post.[/p][/quote]Oh. politepanda

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