As the darker nights approach Police Scotland has urged revellers in Aberdeenshire and Moray to take responsibility for their actions while out socialising.
In a message to the public Superintendent Kate Stephen has reminded people to enjoy themselves but in a safe and responsible manner.
As we move away from the summer weather and the tendency to socialise at home with friends with barbecues I’d like to ask people to take responsibility for their actions when out and about and not put themselves in harm’s way.
We are fortunate that the North East has plenty of thriving towns and villages with busy night spots and we want people to sensibly enjoy what is on offer.
Alcohol features all too regularly in reported violence and anti-social behaviour and I’d like to remind people that drinking too much can put you at risk of becoming involved in crime or being a victim of crime.
Drinking to excess increasingly affects awareness and decision making, and can lead to people finding themselves in risky situations that they would avoid if sober.
Becoming involved in a criminal offence or being a victim of crime can have a serious impact on your life, including personal and work relationships and such incidences can happen in an instant, just one push or punch with unintended consequences can change lives forever.
Simple steps can be taken to help prevent you from getting involved in crime or becoming a victim of crime. Socialise safely, don’t drink to excess or beyond your limits, alternate soft drinks with alcoholic ones, don’t leave your phone or other belongings on tables in pubs or restaurants and make sure you keep your bag close to you and never leave it unattended, even for a short period.
Look out for and stick with your friends and make sure you let someone know when you are expected to get home and that you have a safe method by which to get home.