Police issue extra safety warning

By Merania Karauria

Stay together in groups when you go out at night and, when you leave to go home, don't leave anyone behind.

That's the warning from Whanganui police to those heading out for a night of socialising over the summer months.

Acting Senior Sergeant Andrew McDonald says daylight saving is a time when opportunist offenders are out looking to take advantage, and at this time of the year assaults and street robberies increase.

If you're going out in a group, Mr McDonald advises that you plan how you're going to get home. If you're in a group and driving, identify a sober driver, make sure you have money for a taxi fare, or organise for a family member to pick you up when you call.

Walking home alone is not favourable - but if you do, Mr McDonald says, walk along well-lit streets so offenders have less opportunity to do something.

Furthermore, avoid taking short cuts through unlit parks, school or sports fields.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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