Have a safe night out in Ipswich with PD Morse
As people hit the shops as the build upto Christmas continues, police in Ipswich will be out on Thursday night to ensure people stay safe in the busy crowds.
It’s the second in a series of targeted engagement events geared at people visiting the town’s night-time economy.
The initiative on Thursday 21 November from 4.30pm until 11pm will see police engaging with those people visiting the town centre to see the Christmas lights switch on the Cornhill, or doing some late-night shopping or visiting the clubs, bars and restaurants.
Meanwhile, as the countdown to the festive party season gets underway, officers will also be looking to ensure people enjoy themselves safely and responsibly.
Police, including Community Engagement Officers and officers from licensing talking to people who are on an evening out advising them of the importance of keeping themselves and their friends safe while enjoying their night out. Ipswich Borough Council community safety officers will also be present.
As before, to support the engagement Suffolk Constabulary’s furry friend and force mascot PD Morse will also be out with the police with the aim of encouraging people to come and talk to the officers.
The ‘AfterNightfall’ social media awareness will also be used to highlight the potential problems people may encounter if they drink too much, don’t plan ahead or don’t take care of their valuables.
- Don’t drink to excess;
- Stay with friends;
- Plan your journey home;
- Keep valuables and phones safe.
Inspector Becky Kidd-Stanton from Ipswich police said: "We had a great response when we ran a similar event to tie in with ‘Freshers Week’ in late September and with many people now gearing up for Christmas with plenty of shopping trips and the festive party season on the cards we felt it was an ideal opportunity to repeat this.
“With the Ipswich Christmas light switch on, it was also timely to remind shoppers go about their business safely.
"In terms of party season, there are simple measures to ensure you enjoy your night – stick with friends and consider using the taxi marshals* in the town centre to get home safely.
"We also want to people to look after their valuables - keep them in pocket or handbag out of sight. Criminals committing robbery will usually target lone victims with a valuable item, such as a phone, clearly visible.
"We want to ensure everyone stays safe especially when they are out visiting busy pubs and clubs. So our message is enjoy yourself, be aware and plan ahead - don’t let over indulgence spoil the fun.”
Please use the following advice to help stay safe.
- Try to avoid using your phone outside in public. If you are on the phone, it is visible and you are less likely to be aware of someone approaching. Try to make calls prior to leaving your location. If you do need to make or take an urgent call, consider stopping somewhere safe and stand with your back to a wall or shopfront so you can continue to monitor your surroundings. Walk with friends if possible. Make sure everyone gets home safely at the end of a night. Arrange a meeting point and rendezvous times in case you get separated.
- Book your taxi before you go out. Save the number of a licensed taxi firm in your mobile phone. Always check the driver's identification and never get into an unlicensed taxi.
- Walk in busy areas where there are lots of people. Avoid shortcuts through alleyways, towpaths and parks, especially at night.
- Be mindful that excessive drinking of alcohol can potentially make people vulnerable to becoming victims of crime or prompt poor decision making. Don’t be tempted to drink too much before the night begins.
- Register your phone at www.immobilise.com If it is stolen, update your provider and Immobilise immediately to increase the opportunity for offenders to be caught.
- Store an ICE (in case of emergency) number in your phone and on paper in case your phone is stolen.
- Keep an eye on your drinks and never leave them unattended. Even soft drinks could get spiked.
- Getting behind the wheel after drinking can have tragic consequences, the advice is simple, don’t drink and drive.
More guidance on personal safety can be found on the Suffolk police website under the First Principal banner
*Funded by Ipswich Central, Ipswich Borough Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Taxi Marshal service operates between 11.30pm and 4.30am every weekend of the year. The Service has been in operation since 2013 at the Old Cattle Market bus station.
Images from the engagement event in September.