NORTH Yorkshire Police has launched a summer safety campaign which aims to keep people safe and avoid becoming the victims of crime.

The initiative called “Less Drinking, More Thinking” will run for eight weeks raising the awareness of the dangers of excess drinking.

It will also focus attention on a range of issues including drink-driving, domestic abuse, water safety, home security and looking after personal items.

Chief Constable Dave Jones said: “With the warmer weather, we know that more people will be out and about enjoying themselves and I am sure that some of them will having a drink.

“If you are one of these people, I am asking you to think about how much you are drinking so that you stay safe this summer.

“I am also asking that you take a few simple steps to avoid spoiling your summer.

“These include making sure you plan nights out before hand so that you can get home safely, don’t take risks near open water and making sure that you remember home security to keep burglars out.”

He added: “If you are a victim of domestic abuse, I urge you to come forward. We have specially trained officers who can support you, as well as working with partners who offer advice and guidance.

“My officers are also maintaining their vigilance for people who drive under the influence of alcohol and anyone caught drink-driving can expect to be dealt with robustly.”

Chief Constable Jones said: “Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe summer and come back to visit the county next summer.”

For more information about North Yorkshire Police’s Summer Safety Campaign visit

Anyone who is the victim of domestic abuse can also phone the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000247.