The NSW Police Force is encouraging the South Coast community to stay local this New Year’s Eve and enjoy celebrations from home.
A high-visibility policing operation will be in place on Thursday (31 December 2020) and Friday (1 January 2021), to ensure the safety of the community.
Locally, it will involve general duties police from the South Coast Police District, as well as proactive crime teams, detectives and highway patrol police.
District Commander, Superintendent Greg Moore, said police will be out and about across the community focusing on public safety, alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Although this year’s celebrations look very different to previous events, we still want everyone to see out 2020 safely and have a memorable start to 2021,” Supt Moore said.
“We are urging the community to stay local and celebrate at home or their accommodation this year, ensuring the Public Health Order guidelines for gatherings are followed.
“For those who do go out and about, expect to see plenty of police officers.
“We have zero tolerance for dangerous, criminal or anti-social behaviour, so anyone caught putting other people’s lives at risk, or spoiling the fun for others, will be dealt with swiftly.
“Our best advice is to plan ahead how you are getting to and from your selected celebrations – whether it be public transport, pre-arranged transport or organising a designated driver,” Supt Moore said.
For more information on the Public Health Orders for gatherings, please visit; https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules
The South Coast District has a significant increase in population to the area with family visitors and holiday tourist. We urge the community to be vigilant and secure their valuable items at all times. Do not leave items in cars, secure your property in your homes, while camping or caravanning. Don’t become an easy target for thieves.
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