Wrexham Community Safety Partnership has launched its annual ‘Think Safe, Drink Safe’ campaign in time for the busy Christmas period.
The campaign aims to prevent and reduce alcohol related violent crime and behaviour during the festive season. ‘Think Safe, Drink Safe’ brings together several partners including Wrexham Council, North Wales Police, North Wales Ambulance Service and a range of agencies and businesses.
As with previous campaigns key nights have been identified 2013 season. During these nights several operations will take place in the town centre including the introduction of Welfare Centre.
Officers from North Wales Police, Street Pastors, ambulance crews and health practitioners will be based at the centre to provide advice and guidance and also basic treatment to people who may be intoxicated.
As part of the campaign the Best Bar None scheme will be formally launched in the town. This initiative is supported by the Home Office and British Innkeepers and aims promote and encourage responsible management of licensed premises. The scheme contributes an important part in providing well managed, safe, more welcoming and enjoyable environment for customers and staff. Licensees from the town have voted to introduce the scheme in the Town and are committed achieving the Best Bar None Standards.
Cllr Hugh Jones : Lead Member for Communities and Performance said : ““The Think Safe Drink Safe campaign is well established here in Wrexham. Violent crime and anti social behaviour has been steadily falling in Wrexham County Borough during recent years and I am confident that this is largely due to the tremendous work undertaken by those partners who contribute towards the Think Safe Drink Safe campaign.”
Chief Inspector Neil Maxwell, North Wales Police added: “We know that Christmas and the New Year is and extremely busy period for Wrexham’s night time economy. We want to encourage visitors to Wrexham to enjoy themselves. Our aim is to encourage people to have a good time but to drink responsibly.
“Excessive drinking can affect behaviour and lead to serious consequences. The message is simple – anti social behaviour and violence will not be tolerated in Wrexham, and anyone behaving irresponsibly will be dealt with appropriately and quickly ensuring that Wrexham is safe place to come and enjoy a night out ”.