As the weather improves, Avon and Somerset Police are reminding people to put safety first when enjoying a night out on the town.
Officers are cracking down on alcohol-related violence this summer and will be increasing patrols at key locations during peak times. We are also working closely with pub and door managers to share information and ensure they are taking their responsibilities seriously.
DCI Sue Wilshire said: "Violence is unacceptable in Avon and Somerset. If you do get into a fight you could find that your night is ruined by an arrest, a criminal record and, in some areas, a ban from all of the bars in the vicinity.
"We are very robust when dealing with offenders and those causing problems can expect to be arrested.
"The long-term consequences of violent behaviour can also be severe. You could lose your job, be unable to travel to countries you have always wanted to visit - and may have to live with the guilt of seriously injuring or even killing someone. Just that one punch can change your life forever."
Top Tips to ensure you enjoy a safe night out:
- Tell someone who you're with, where you're going and when you'll be back
- Keep some cash and phone credit for emergencies
- Plan how you're getting home
- Don't walk alone
- Stick to busy, well-lit routes
- Don't flash your cash or mobile phone
- Don't leave your drinks unattended or accept drinks from strangers
- Know your limits and drink responsibly. Having too much alcohol can make you vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime - or can increase the chances of you committing a crime yourself
- Remember, one punch can kill.
Violence is unacceptable in Avon and Somerset. If you do get into a fight you can expect to be arrested.
Detective Chief Inspector