SURREY Police is reminding people that abusive, anti-social and violent behaviour will not be tolerated during the Olympics this summer, following a successful campaign throughout Euro 2012.
Police research has shown that domestic abuse, anti-social and violent behaviour tend to increase during major sporting events - such as the World Cup in 2010.
During the World Cup, offences increased during England games and particularly once the England team was knocked out of the tournament.
This year a campaign was launched in June to crack down on troublemakers during Euro 2012, and the same message is being sent throughout the Olympic Games – win or lose this summer, there are no excuses.
Recorded incidents during England matches throughout Euro 2012 were down on the last 3 year’s average:
Domestic abuse was down 23 incidents (-15 per cent)
Criminal damage was down 30 incidents (-22 per cent)
Public place disorder was down 33 incidents (-71 per cent)
Officers will be deployed throughout the Olympics to deal with any violence and disorder in busy town centres and people are being urged to report any instances by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Officers will also be on hand to deal with any incidents of domestic abuse. If a victim or witness does not wish to speak to the police they can call the yourSanctuary 24 hour Domestic Abuse Helpline on 01483 776822 for immediate emotional support, as well as confidential information and advice. For more information please visit www.surrey.police.uk/keeping-safe .
Chief Superintendent Gavin Stephens from Surrey Police said: “Like many people I’m looking forward to an exciting Olympic Games this summer. Please don’t spoil the enjoyment for others, or worse still commit a crime out of anger, frustration or simply because you’ve had too much alcohol to drink.
“Throughout Euro 2012 we saw a decrease in domestic abuse, criminal damage and violence on previous years and we are determined to ensure this continues. Our officers are ready to take swift and robust action against any person or group causing trouble.”
Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: "Poor performances and defeats can hurt pride but the shameful fact is they can be much more painful for the victims of domestic abuse. There are excellent support services available, but we need to highlight this issue to ensure victims feel able to come forward and get the help they need. The robust message from the police reflects the strong approach we're taking together."
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