Here are some suggestion to help get the new year off to a great start.
Planning a party? If the plan is to serve alcohol, also plan to get guests home safely. Collect car keys at the door and have special, non-alcoholic, drinks for designated drivers. Or, plan ahead to get guests home with taxis or ride share services.
Remember the City of Carlsbad has a Social Host Ordinance that prohibits the serving of alcohol to minors, even at home.
Think about neighbors. Let neighbors know about the party and either invite the neighbor or ask how to ensure the late night festivities do not create a disturbance the neighborhood.
Remember, no fireworks. Personal use of fireworks is against the law.
Create a plan for guest parking. Make sure guests park safely and legally. Remind guests not to leave personal property behind and unattended inside a car. If a they cannot carry the property with them, tell them to leave it at home. More on vehicle crime prevention https://goo.gl/S3T35n.
Headed out for an evening of merriment? Remember to completely secure your house before heading out. Also, leave lights on inside-and-out to make it appear someone is at home. More on home security https://goo.gl/WpIRJB.
Plan ahead to safely return home from a New Year’s destination. Never drink and drive. Have a designated driver or use a taxi or ride share service.
With all the merriment and celebration there can also be conflict. Steer clear of disputes. Don’t engage, walk away and if the conflict escalates, call us.
These are just a few of the many ways a community member can plan ahead to make sure the New Year is rung in safely. The Police Department will be out-and-about all over the city to make sure Carlsbad is safe and secure. Report suspicious activity by calling the non emergency number at 760-931-2197. Great policing takes teamwork. Thank you Carlsbad for being part of the team.