Cops launch campaign to stamp out sex crimes this Christmas
A CAMPAIGN is being launched to help reduce the risk of people becoming victims of sexual crime this Christmas.
The campaign, which runs from tomorrow until December 31, is being led by Operation Diamond – a team of officers set up to tackle serious sexual and physical assaults in Derby, South Derbyshire and Erewash.
Police hope the campaign will reduce incidents of sexual assault. In December 2010, there were 34 crimes of this nature in the area. This figure remained the same last December.
Officers are urging people to follow a series of simple steps which will help them enjoy a safe night out and prevent putting themselves at risk.
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These include planning how you are going to get home safely at the end of your night out, stay with a trusted friend at all times and to drink responsibly.
Licensees and bar staff will also be encouraged to better assess customers and refuse to serve them if they believe they have already consumed too much alcohol. Campaign posters will be displayed across the city.
Police officers who patrol Derby at night will approach vulnerable lone women and ensure they get home safely, with the help of local Street Pastors and licensed taxi companies.
Detective Constable Chantelle Hunt, from Operation Diamond, said: “We want people to come to Derby and enjoy themselves but also be careful not to drop their guard and leave themselves vulnerable.
“I would ask everyone to plan their night out in advance.
“Make sure you’re going out with people you know and trust and decide how you’re going to get home safely at the end of the evening. Check bus times before you leave home or book a taxi in advance.”