Monday, 27 August 2012

Seaside Festival: Have fun, keep safe, say police

Visitors and residents enjoying the delights of Morecambe’s Seaside Festival are being given crime prevention advice to ensure a fantastic day out. 

The event takes place on 1st - 2nd September and thousands of people are expected to come to the unique event in order to see a variety of live music, fireworks and other exciting attractions.

While crime is low in Morecambe, large crowds can offer opportunistic thieves the chance to strike. Police are advising people to follow a few simple prevention measures to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

  • When parking your car remove valuables from display, lock the vehicle and tuck your wing mirrors in.

  • Carry valuables in a zipped up pocket in your bag. If your bag has a strap, wear it across your body with any flaps facing inwards. If you don’t have bag, carry items in an inside or front pocket of your clothing.

  • Don’t leave personal property, such as bags or mobile phones, unattended.

  • The town has plenty of cash points so you can nip for more money if needed – don’t carry large amounts of cash on you.

  • Making the most if the event may include having a few drinks. Remember that alcohol can impair your judgement and leave you susceptible to harm, so please drink responsibly. The prom and the beach are designated no-drinking zones and this will be enforced.

  • If you are in need of police assistance, approach one of the officers on duty. Alternatively you can contact police on 101 – in an emergency always dial 999.

Those not attending the festival are being reminded that the area will be very busy and there may be some traffic congestion – alternative routes should be sought to avoid the queues.

Inspector Jim Edmonds, Morecambe police, said: “We expect the seaside festival to be a fantastic two-day event for all those involved and that the vast majority of people will leave having had a really good time. Following these simple tips could prevent your day from being ruined and will also help us to ensure that crime remains low in Morecambe.”

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