Cowes Week Policing Plans

Posted by Admin on Friday, 28th June 2013, 00:52

(Date of article amended from 1st August 2013 to force article to disappear from front page)

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Cowes Week Policing Plans

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Policing plans are in place to keep crime levels low at the Cowes Week sailing regatta, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment events.

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As tens of thousands of people converge on Cowes for the start of the week’s festivities, Police on the Isle of Wight are working closely with regatta organisers, security staff and fellow emergency services, to ensure that this vibrant, friendly event is safe, both on water and land.
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Local Safer Neighbourhoods Teams will maintain a highly visible presence with increased foot and cycle patrols in Cowes, and Hampshire Constabulary’s Marine Unit will be on patrol in the Solent.
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The extra officers in Cowes aim to provide community reassurance and a swift response to any problems reported during this busy week, meaning levels of policing across the rest if the island will not be affected.
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As well as local Safer Neighbourhoods teams, experienced specialist police officers are working alongside staff from Isle of Wight Council to carry out licensing checks at pubs and clubs in Cowes.
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Police also welcome the presence of ‘Street Pastors’ during Cowes Week for another successive year. Street Pastors are independent and do not work for the police, but their presence and contact with people on the street assists in preventing and calming situations where there is the potential for crime and disorder.
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Isle of Wight Inspector Samantha Dunlop of Cowes Safer Neighbourhoods Team said: “We want people to enjoy the regatta in a safe environment, whilst respecting the local residents and community of Cowes by following some simple crime prevention advice;
“Cowes Week is the kind of large event that can be targeted by opportunist thieves because they believe potential victims will be having a good time and less vigilant about possible risks. Please remember to look after your belongings and keep any valuables in secure places out of sight.
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“Parents and guardians are reminded to help deter their children from underage drinking, especially on Fireworks night. 2012 saw police deal with a number of youths who were under the influence, caused crime and disorder.
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“Sailors are asked not to leave valuable items, such as petrol supplies and navigation equipment, unattended on board their vessels wherever possible. Boat owners should ensure their belongings are clearly labelled. This will help avoid unnecessary alerts over suspicious unidentified packages.
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“If you have any concerns please report them to police so they can respond swiftly. Phone 101. In an emergency, call 999.

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Police also welcome the presence of ‘Street Pastors’ during Cowes Week for another successive year. Street Pastors are independent and do not work for the police, but their presence and contact with people on the street assists in preventing and calming situations where there is the potential for crime and disorder.

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