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.

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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.

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