Gate crashers a danger

UNRULY revellers have been reported to be hitting teenage parties over recent months, with party-goers urged to take precautions against violence.

Acting district crime prevention co-ordinator Wendy Tamblyn said drug and alcohol-fuelled violence in the town was a "huge concern" to police.

She said those who partake in weekend benders at poorly controlled parties were running the risk of serious attacks.

"Every party has the potential to get out of control if there are drugs and alcohol involved and it is impossible to predict what can occur," Const Tamblyn said.

"The things that we see are people who are drunk and disorderly, offences involving violence, sex assaults, wilful damage and drug and alcohol abuse."

She said sex assaults were "not uncommon" in Warwick, however police were more likely to receive reports of physical assaults occurring following parties.

Anybody preparing to hold a party and seeking a little peace of mind could register it with police, under the Party Safe initiative.

"When people register their party they provide the police station with the time it is happening, the amount of people predicted to attend and they are also provided with party-safe wrist bands to be handed to party guests," she said.

Const Tamblyn said the program had been popular with party hosts in the area and was effective in reducing the number of incidents.

Although police advise party hosts to inform their neighbours of any planned celebrations, there were no time restrictions on noise complaints.

"People sometimes think that just because they have told their neighbours about the party they shouldn't be complaining, but that's not right. They can make a complaint at any time," she said.

While many teenagers take to social networking sites to advertise an upcoming bash, Const Tamblyn said this practise was not a good move.

"We encourage people not to advertise it because you don't know who is viewing your information," she said.

 

Party plan

For more information on registering your party phone Wendy Tamblyn on 4660 4444.

For general information on alcohol issues visit alcohol.gov.au.

Every party has the potential to get out of control if there are drugs and alcohol involved


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