Aldeburgh: Police preparing for busy summer period
POLICE in one of Suffolk’s top seaside resorts are gearing up for a busy month as it prepares to welcome an influx of summer visitors.
Officers are working with other organisations to ensure that residents and holidaymakers in Aldeburgh are kept safe.
Reducing incidents of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour on Crag Path is already a priority for the local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).
Police will also step up patrols in the run up to the Aldeburgh Carnival, which is taking place between August 18 and 20.
Meanwhile Suffolk Constabulary, the town council and county council have agreed that the lighting on Crag Path will be switched on until August 31.
PCSO Terry Barrow, from Leiston and Aldeburgh SNT, said all agencies were working together to make the area as safe and welcoming as possible during the busiest time of year.
However he also urged people to take crime reduction measures so as not to fall foul of opportunist thieves.
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“Pedal cycle thefts are among the crimes that tend to increase in August,” he said. “We would urge cyclists to lock up their bikes using a good quality lock and to attach their cycle to something secure.
“Please also remember to lock doors and windows when leaving your home unattended and please secure your vehicle - don’t leave valuable items inside your car or van.
“We would also ask that people call 999 immediately if they see any crime in progress.”
Suffolk Coastal District Council has also agreed to put out extra litter bins at key locations in a bid to encourage people to keep the town tidy.
Visitor numbers soar in Aldeburgh over the summer months - with thousands of people expected to line the streets for this year’s carnival.
The annual celebration is marking its 70th anniversary and organisers are promising it will be one of the best ever.
This year’s procession - on Monday, August 20 - has no overall theme so those who take part are free to choose whatever fancy dress they like to catch the eyes of the judges.
The fun kicks off on Saturday, August 18, with stalls on Crag Path, sideshows, tombola and a traditional steam-driven galloper ride.
The following day starts with a car boot on King’s Field followed by a mini marathon, Punch and Judy shows, children’s land sports, an egg boat race and a united songs of praise.
The Monday sees a full programme of events, with swimming races, funfair and a Chinese lantern parade and fireworks display.