POLICE have encouraged south-west revellers to take appropriate steps to ensure they party safely this festive season.
Partygoers and supervisors can now register their events with Victoria Police more quickly and easily using the website www.police.vic.gov.au/partysafe.
Warrnambool Acting Senior Sergeant Tania Barbary said that in the past people had to register their parties at police stations but could now fill out forms online, as well as download PartySafe brochures to ensure they were providing the safest possible party environment.
“The benefit is it makes us aware of parties going on so we can target patrols in the general area and make sure there aren’t any unwanted partygoers, which means everyone can have a good time without things getting out of hand,” Acting Senior Sergeant Barbary said.
“They can also seek advice on practices to take to make the party safe.”
She said it was important to ensure alcohol was responsibly controlled around anyone underage, and to be aware of the dangers of providing party information via social media and websites.
“This is pertinent because people supplying liquor in a residence without written and verbal consent from parents attracts a fine of $845. If a party is registered with us we know exactly where a party is at and we can patrol it, so if a response is required we can make it timely and safe as possible for everybody.”
Party hosts are encouraged to fill out as much of the form as possible, including how many people will be attending, the average age of guests and whether there is planned supervision by parents or other responsible adults.