Stamford, Conn. (WTNH) – Stamford Police say they are seeing more and more young crime victims who are drunk. Police attribute that to the increase in young people drinking because of the proximity of downtown apartments to drinking establishments.
Police say during late hours on weekends they are finding people passed out in bushes, along the sides of roads and apartment complexes and stumbling into roads or severely intoxicated at hospitals. At the same time police say these people are easy prey and are the victims of assaults and robberies because they likely cannot remember what happened or identify a suspect.
In one of the worst cases police say a young intoxicated female was separated from her friends by others who befriended her. She was dragged to an apartment and sexually assaulted. In this case a good Samaritan witnessed the incident and called police who were able to make arrests.
Stamford Police have these tips to stay safe:
- Travel in groups and do not get separated from friends.
- Carry your cellphone at all times.
- Never lose sight of your drink.
- Do not accept drinks from others unless the bartender pours it in front of you.
- Carry your credit cards on your person and do not leave your purse or wallet unattended.
- Make sure to retrieve your credit card from the bar at the end o the night.
- If you’re intoxicated and you’re walking consider getting a ride from a sober friend or utilize a taxi or Uber.