Now the festive season is upon us, Police Scotland officers will be out across Tayside to ensure that people are partying in good spirits and encourage them think about their personal safety in the run up to Christmas.
Officers will be carrying out additional high visibility patrols, working with partner agencies and carrying out visits to licensed premises to reduce crime and officers will take appropriate action against alcohol related violence and anti social behaviour.
Superintendent Graeme Murdoch said : “We want this time of year to be about creating great memories, not looking back with regret.
“We are reminding the public to drink responsibly and know their limits, look out for your friends and colleagues, but most importantly take personal responsibility for your own actions.
“We will have an increase in the number of officers deployed across the division over the festive period as we work towards keeping people safe. We want everyone to enjoy their Christmas and party nights out but stay safe whilst doing so.
“Assaults and violence have consequences for everyone involved. There is no place for that in our cities, towns and homes, whatever the time of year.
“The party season is a great time but it’s important to drink responsibly, as the more you drink the less you are aware of what’s going on around you. We would encourage you to stick with friends and don’t leave nights out on your own or with strangers.
“Ensure you plan ahead to get home safely, keep to busy areas and use public transport if possible, make sure you know the bus and train times. If you are using a taxi, make sure it’s licensed.
“Also, be careful what you post online when out….don’t regret what you post in the morning.
“We are committed to keeping our communities safe all year round and we aim to ensure everyone has a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year.”
For more information on keeping safe during the festive season then please visit www.scotland.police.uk.