Party planning? Call the police
Community Constable Corey Rees is walking the Huntly beat. Each week he updates readers on his concerns, messages and views.
Summer is here and barbecues are on. So if you’re going to have a party, you want to have a good time with friends and whanau and avoid the trouble that may come.
You need to remember though that as a host it is your responsibility to make sure drinking doesn’t get out of hand and your party doesn’t get out of control.
Alcohol can be served to young people under 18 at a private party if they have express consent from a parent or guardian and it is served in a safe and responsible manner.
When you are planning a party there are a number of things you can do to prevent it becoming a party that you’d rather forget than remember.
They are – firstly inform the police your plans (ask for your district alcohol harm prevention officer), you will get some great crime prevention and safety advice.
Don’t announce your party by way of social media or bulk texting. You could easily end up with unwanted guests.
Plan and know what you will do with any gatecrashers. Arrange adult supervision and plan in advance what you will do in case of trouble.
Only invite people you know will be sensible and not cause trouble. If any guests are going to be under 18 years old, let their parents know if you are going to serve alcohol.
Plan what you are going to do about alcohol brought by guests. Inform your neighbours what you are plan- ning, that’s just showing a little respect.
Arrange for friends to stay over or ensure they can get home safely. Encourage no drink driving – be that hero. Set a finish time and stick to it. During the party, supply plenty of snacks/food and nonalcoholic drinks.
If drinking becomes excessive or starts to get out of hand, call the police before it escalates out-of-control. Keep an eye on your guests, especially those who are drinking.
Do what you can to prevent excessive alcohol consumption – make their welfare your priority. Help guests get a bus, taxi or dial-a-driver if necessary and don’t let your mate drink and drive and as the new alcohol laws in force now this makes it even more imperative to look after each other.
Success comes through from having a plan so ‘plan before you party’ and your party may be a memorable party – one to remember not one to forget.
There were two burglaries in the North Waikato from December 8 to December 13 – they were as follow: ❚ December 11: William St, Huntly ❚ December 12: Herschel St, Ngaruawahia.