Thames Valley Police in conjunction with Cherwell and West Oxfordshire District Councils will launch the one punch can kill campaign on Friday (8/12).
Thames Valley Police in conjunction with Cherwell and West Oxfordshire District Councils will launch the one punch can kill campaign on Friday (8/12) to reduce violent crime during the run up to Christmas.
The campaign will run over the weekends of the 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th of December.
As a result of violence against the person increasing by 11% in Cherwell and West Oxfordshire, staff in pubs will be asked to wear t-shirts and promote the campaign with posters to raise awareness of violent crime. Particularly crime linked to alcohol and the night time economy, The One Punch Can Kill video will also be shown in some pubs during the campaign.
Banbury Neighbourhood team and partners including; Cherwell District Council, the Fire Service and street pastors, will be hosting an information station in Banbury for the public where they can receive crime prevention advice and free merchandise. The teams will also be reminding the public of the Consent is Everything campaign to prompt the public of the laws of sexual consent.
Neighbourhood Inspector John Batty, who is leading the One Punch Can Kill campaign, said: “During the Christmas period, more people are expected to be out enjoying themselves and the night time economy. We want to remind the public that the impact of violent crime can be life changing and one punch can kill, so please remember to stay safe.
“If you are out and about over the Christmas period, be wary of accepting drinks from strangers, never leave your drink unattended and make sure you have planned your journey home. You should consider places of safety along your route, where you could seek help if necessary, carry only the amount of money that you need and if someone tries to take something from you, let them have it, don’t put yourself at risk of being hurt by trying to hold on to it.
“If you have any concerns, or just want some crime prevention advice and information, feel free to approach your local neighbourhood officers who will be able to assist you.”
Cllr Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “It’s no secret that Banbury has such a vibrant night-time economy and our mission here is to help people to make the most of it by staying safe as they have fun.
“We’re proud to be working alongside the police service to promote safe nights out, and from the council perspective, our goal is to support people in making sensible choices and stop them becoming vulnerable to crime.
“That means making people aware of the dangers of illegal tobacco, spiked drinks, underage drinking and indeed drinking more than they should.
“We won’t be there to tell people off, but simply to give them a place to time-out and feel supported. The council will also be encouraging people to watch out for unlicensed taxis by ensuring people know how to distinguish a legitimate, licensed taxi from an illegal one."
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Visit the Thames Valley Police website for further personal safety advice when out and about at night.