Advice ahead of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend
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Hertfordshire Constabulary is issuing crime prevention and safety advice to people ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend to help ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.
The four-day bank holiday (Thursday 3 June - Sunday 6 June) will see plenty of celebratory events taking place in our towns and villages, alongside the likes of music events at both Knebworth Park and Hatfield Park.
Superintendent Sue Jameson said: “Whether you are attending a street party, music event or staying local with friends and family to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we want people to enjoy themselves and, of course, remain safe.
“In terms of the music events at Knebworth Park (on Friday and Saturday) and Hatfield House (Saturday), we have been in continuous contact with the organisers of both events and will continue to liaise with them across the weekend.
“We would like to inform local residents that there may be increased traffic congestion in the area as people travel to and from the music events so would recommend those travelling to please plan ahead and give yourselves plenty of time to reach your destinations.”
When attending any event please consider some simple crime prevention and safety advice to help protect you from becoming a victim of crime.
Before you arrive
The best advice is to leave valuables at home if you can.
Plan your journey and leave in plenty of time and ensure you have made plans to get home safely.
Drink spiking – don’t leave drinks unattended. Only accept drinks from people you trust.
Inappropriate sexual behaviour is not acceptable, so report it to security staff or police immediately.
Sex without consent is rape. This includes sex with anyone – male or female - who is incapacitated as a result of drink or drugs.
Don’t show off what valuables you do have with you – it could make you a target for criminals. Put money, tickets, credit cards and mobile phones in a zipped pocket, use a money belt.
Consider keeping bank cards in a faraday wallet to prevent contactless card fraud.
If you’ve lost or found property please report to security.
In the event of an incident, follow instructions from security and police.
Alcohol and Drug awareness:
Officers will work closely with organisers to intercept illegal and harmful substances.
You can of course enjoy alcohol, but it is important to drink responsibly and stay safe. You can still have a great time if you alternate drinks with soft drinks or low alcohol ones. Drink more slowly and consume alcohol with food.
Drinking too much alcohol or taking illegal drugs can have devastating consequences on your life and could lead you into trouble with the police. It can make you more aggressive, more likely to commit a crime and impair your judgement.
Know your limits and drink responsibly. Stop when you know you have had enough.
Make sure you and your friends all look after one another and get home safely.
Anyone caught supplying illegal drugs, will be dealt with appropriately by police.