Gardaí in Clare have issue advice to young persons who will be socialising over the Christmas season.
Be Safe Be Streetwise and make Plans when going out socialising:
P -Plan your night out – how are you getting there and back?
L – Let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
A – Avoid walking alone and in dark places.
N – Never attempt to reason with drunk or aggressive people.
S – Streetwise – be aware of your surroundings and mind your valuables.
Gardaí advise that you keep your phone, purse or wallet hidden when not in use – carry only as much cash or cards necessary for your day or night out – keep a separate amount of cash on your person in case your wallet or purse is stolen.
You should also avoid darkly lit places for walking or parking your car and keep your car locked at all times when travelling in places unknown to you. If you are using public transport or taxis sit where the driver can see you on public transport and avoid sitting in the empty carriage of a train. Check the times of the last train or bus home and always use a licensed taxi.
A Garda spokesman said: “We are appealing to young males to “Use Your Brain Not YourFists” and think of the consequences for yourself and others of being involved in assaults – you could lose your job, your ability to travel and even go to jail. We want to remind people of the potentially devastating physical and mental impact on victims of assaults.”
“If you are the victim of a crime or violence report it to the Gardaí immediately,” the spokesman said.