Keeping safe at Boardmasters

From Devon & Cornwall Police:

Up to 50,000 festival-goers are expected to flock to Boardmasters in the wind and rain this weekend and Devon and Cornwall Police are on hand to help ensure it runs smoothly and to minimise crime.

Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, Police Commander for East Cornwall, said: “Devon & Cornwall Police will be deploying additional patrols to Newquay over the coming week, as the Duchy’s largest event, Boardmasters, starts.  Some 53,000 visitors are expected to attend.

“We will have additional patrols in Newquay town centre throughout the event and a presence on the festival site.  Newquay Police Station front counter will be open Wednesday-Sunday 1000-1600.  In addition, we will deploy dedicated armed officers in and around Newquay, traffic cars and traffic motorcyclists, all to keep both residents and visitors safe.

“This is our busiest week of the year in Cornwall and we ask that everyone takes responsibility for their safety – if you are attending the event please don’t leave valuables such as mobile telephones unattended, or in unoccupied tents.  Please take care of your friends and family during this busy time.”

Police have some crime prevention advice for those attending:

  • Never leave your drink unattended. Even soft drinks can be spiked with drugs or alcohol.
  • If you are concerned for your safety contact the nearest marshal, security guard or police officer.
  • Don’t leave anything valuable in your tent – there are a number of thefts of laptops and smart phones from tents every year.  Check your car daily and leave your glove compartment empty and open.
  • Try and keep your phone, cash and cards on you, even at night.  All traders on site accept cards, so there is no need to bring a large quantity of cash to the festival.
  • If you are a victim of crime, contact on site police or festival security immediately.

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