Police operation in Mansfield to ensure those in Cupid’s sights have a safe night
POLICE have a date in Mansfield town centre on Valentine’s weekend.
Officers will be out in force on Saturday evening (16th February) to ensure those in Cupid’s sights have a safe night.
Mansfield Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Williams said: “Roses are red, violets are blue. First dates should be fun, but beware the risks of someone new.
“If we can’t enjoy a dinner with our partner that night, we want to make sure others do.
“We don’t want to sound like over-protective parents, but we want to make sure people are taking the necessary precautions when out with someone they may not know very well.
“Most importantly we want you to have fun, but make sure you keep yourselves safe.”
The operation is linked to a Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC) initiative in which agencies like the police, the council and NHS, have joined together to promote personal safety and the reduction of crime and antisocial behaviour.
Leaflets featuring safer dating tips will be handed out to budding love birds.
If you are meeting someone new, take note of the following advice:
• BE MYSTERIOUS. Do not reveal too much personal information about yourself, whether in person or online. Do not tell your new date where you live and under no circumstances reveal financial information. Be wary of requests for money.
• BE PATIENT. If you meet someone new on a night out, why not wait to take it further? Don’t go home with them or invite them back to yours. If you do decide to do this, make sure you tell your friends who you are with and where you are going. Never ditch a friend for a new squeeze, leaving them alone.
• BE SENSIBLE. Make sure the venues for your first and early dates are in public places, like restaurants or bars. Make your own way there and your own way home again. Always tell a family member or friend about your plans.
• BE PERCEPTIVE. If your gut is telling you no, listen to it. Be conscious of anyone who comes on too strong, too quickly. Watch out for those who seem to have troubled lives and beware of people who make inappropriate comments or appear to be aggressive or pushy.
• BE DRINK AWARE. While you may choose a tipple to calm your nerves, too much alcohol can impair your judgement. Don’t drink excessively when meeting new people. It takes time to build that trust with someone, plus you will, no doubt, want to remember the date.
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