POLICE, Merseyside Drugs Council and partners are celebrating the fact that Southport is a safe place to visit by launching a campaign highlighting the benefits of living and working in Southport Town Centre.
Nitelite, the organisation started in Spring 2002 to make the people of Southport be and feel safe, are reacting to feedback from the local community who showed concern about the culture and atmosphere of Southport at night.
In response, three posters have been designed to reassure the community that Southport is a safe place to spend your evening.
The first poster educates the public about the dangers of binge drinking. In an attempt to make people think before they drink it explains that binge drinking can seriously affect your behaviour.
The second poster illustrates the excellent communication between the licensed premises in Southport via a radio-link. It explains that through the use of direct radio links between pubs, clubs and the police, trouble makers can be stopped before they start.
The third poster highlights that thanks to CCTV in the town, the public are safe. It shows that with CCTV cameras operating 24 hrs, 7 days a week, a night out in Southport is a safe night out.
Inspector Steve Hall said:- "We are launching this campaign to highlight to the people who work, live and visit Southport that the town is safe and is growing from strength to strength. Like any busy town centre there are incidents over busy weekend periods, however the crime rate in Southport is low compared to other seaside town resorts.
To the public who visit Southport I would say, come, enjoy yourself and feel safe in the knowledge that the Police and other partners are working hard to combat crime and to make this great town safe for you to visit.
To those coming to cause trouble I'd say, don't even bother, we know who you are and you will not be allowed to cause trouble for those enjoying a night out."
Thirty licensed premises in Southport will also be receiving Nitelite posters and tent cards from Thursday.