This week thousands of new university students are set to descend on Chester, Crewe and Warrington for the start of the new term.
As they settle into their new homes, Cheshire Police is reminding them to give some thought to their personal safety and their new neighbours.
Chief Inspector Michael Evans said: “Firstly, I would like to welcome all the new students to Cheshire and congratulate them on their achievements. This is an exciting time for the students who are starting university and we just want to make sure that people are able to enjoy themselves whilst staying safe.
“As students move into their new homes, it’s important that they start to familiarise themselves with their surroundings and get to know the local area. Chester, Warrington and Crewe are both great places to live, work and study; they all have a vibrant nightlife with lots of different bars and clubs waiting to be explored.
“When out socialising all students need to drink responsibly and think about their personal safety. Drinking excessively can affect their judgement, meaning that they are more likely to do things they wouldn’t normally do, and can also put them at risk of injury or harm.
“When going out it’s also important that students plan their journey home and look after their friends, by doing so they can ensure that everyone gets home safely at the end of the night.”
Throughout Fresher’s Week there will an increased number of officers on patrol in all our university towns and city. Officers will also be attending the Fresher’s Fairs to introduce themselves to the students and offer crime reduction advice
Students are encouraged to follow the @ChesterUniCops, @PoliceCrewe and @PoliceWarrington twitter accounts to find out what’s happening in their new home towns.
Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “Starting University can be exciting, yet daunting at the same time, and whilst I welcome all of the new students to Cheshire, it’s important that they drink responsibly and stay safe when they go out socialising.
“I would also like to remind all students to respect their local communities. After speaking to residents across Cheshire I know that anti-social behaviour can have a major impact, which is why I will be working closely with Cheshire Constabulary to tackle this issue over the coming years.”
Chief Inspector Evans added: “We don’t want to spoil the fun, but we want to make it clear that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and action will be taken against anyone who breaks the law.
“Anyone who drinks excessively and behaves in an anti-social manner faces the risk losing their freedom, and making the wrong decision could affect them for the rest of their lives.”