Staying safe at Christmas

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REVELLERS are being reminded to stay in control over the Christmas period as part of a personal safety campaign.

Northumbria Police want Wearsiders to plan their festive nights out, and always make sure they have their keys and phone with them and have suitable plans to get home.

People are also being asked to think about their behaviour while out making merry, to ensure they do not become either a victim or perpetrator of crime.

The slogan Stay In Control Of Your Night is being used by the police to help people remember these safety tips.

Superintendent Jim Napier, of Sunderland Area Command, said: “Sunderland has got a vibrant nightlife and we want people to be able to come for a festive drink and enjoy everything the city has to offer safely.

“We’d firstly ask people not to let their behaviour get out control.

“We don’t want to stop anyone having fun, but if officers see a situation which has the potential to turn to trouble, they won’t hesitate to intervene and if necessary arrest anyone who is intent on causing problems.

“We want people planning a night out in the city to remember their own personal safety and not get so drunk they make themselves vulnerable.

”By taking a few simple steps, such as pre-booking a taxi or knowing where a licensed taxi rank is, and arranging a safe meeting place with friends in case they get separated, party-goers can enjoy their night and remember it for the right reasons.”

As part of the strategy the police will be on the streets talking to party-goers and handing out information cards, which will have a space to write down an emergency telephone number on them.

Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “We do still want people to enjoy themselves but it’s important they know their limits and stay in control.”

For more information about personal safety and staying in control visit www.facebook.com/keysmoneyphone or follow Northumbria Police on Twitter @NorthumbriaPol.

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