School's out, the lazy, hazy days of summer are upon us, and all over Scotland, people are unwinding in the sunshine (between intermittent periods of breaking out the anoraks and wellies). Lawnmowers and BBQs are being fired up, youths are enjoying the weeks of freedom between terms, and parents are trying to keep the wee ones entertained.
We at Police Scotland salute the sun worshipers of our great nation, and want to see every citizen enjoy the season safely. Unfortunately, the statistics show that an increase in warm weather equals an increase in alcohol consumption, which in turn leads to an increase in violence and anti-social behaviour. To combat the problem, we have launched Safe Summer 2017.
Launching the campaign, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams remarked, “Whilst overall violent crime continues to drop across the country, we have seen increases in some specific crime types such as murder, serious assault and robbery. Violent crime has a substantial economic and social cost to Scotland’s communities and it is really clear that the over consumption of alcohol is a major factor.
“This work will complement the range of operations carried out by divisions to target violence that is specific to them at a local level."
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One Punch is all it takes
Alcohol is a key element in the majority of violent crime and anti-social behaviour incidents in Scotland.
Figures from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2014/15 indicate 54% of offenders of violent crimes were under the influence of alcohol, and almost half of people who took part in the Police Scotland Public Survey ranked violent crime as a key issue they would like to see the Police tackle.
You asked, and we listened, and so the One Punch Can Ruin Two Lives campaign has been launched as an initiative to tackle the problem. The project’s aim and objectives communicate the consequences of losing control through alcohol consumption.
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