On the beat

PARTY hosts are urged to take some time to plan carefully.  

Parties are a great way for people to relax and enjoy themselves but poor planning can lead to problems. 

Most partygoers are responsible but we see parties spoilt by gatecrashers and people who cause damage in the immediate area.  

A few simple precautions and thorough planning can reduce the risk of issues arising as well as ensure a good time is had by all.  

Police do not provide security at private parties.  

It is the host’s responsibility to ensure the safety of their guests, which also extends beyond their residence.  

We encourage people to maintain a safe party environment and be mindful of how their guests’ behaviour impacts on neighbours. 

If you are planning a function at home, we recommend you take the following precautions: 

• Register your party with local police. Visit www.mynite.com.au to access party planning information and register your party. 

• Send out written invitations only, not via text message, email or social networking sites such as Facebook. 

• Remember it is illegal to buy or drink alcohol if you are under 18. It is also illegal for somebody to supply alcohol to a minor. 

• Consider how your guests will get home. Organise transport for those who have had too much to drink. 

• If gatecrashers arrive, act quickly. Refuse them entry and ask them to leave. If they do not leave, contact the police. 

• Think about supervision/security for your party. Consider hiring licensed security personnel. 

• Don’t allow people to wander around or congregate out the front of your house. Try to confine the party to a backyard, building or enclosed area as it easier for you to control your guests. 

• Avoid using front yards or street frontages as this attracts uninvited guests/gatecrashers. 

• Be responsible with service of alcohol, regardless of your guests’ age. 

In case of emergency, call triple-0. For non-emergencies contact PoliceLink on 131 444 or your local police station. To provide anonymous information contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 

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