Hampshire Constabulary has worked to reinforce its preparations to protect people from harm while the population of the island increases this week.
Hampshire Constabulary’s Isle of Wight Festival police commander Chief Superintendent Dave Hardcastle said:
“This event represents the largest policing challenge at a single event across the Isle of Wight and Hampshire this year. Our focus is on helping to ensure such a large influx and exit of people is handled safely, and with the minimum of impact.
“We have all learned lessons from last year’s experiences with weather and traffic, which have led to our plans with promoters and partner agencies being reviewed and revised thoroughly.
“Crime levels at the Isle of Wight Festival have remained low, but we are never complacent in our focus to disrupt and detect criminals in conjunction with the organisers and their security staff.”
Hampshire Constabulary has been involved in extensive meetings and discussions since last summer about a re-design of the festival’s traffic management plan. For more information about the traffic management plan, please read these public announcements from the festival organisers and Isle of Wight Council.
Hampshire Constabulary is urging all road users to allow more time for their journeys during the week of the festival.
Officers from the force’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU) will patrol the main routes around the festival site to respond to emergencies and deal robustly with any motorists endangering lives.
Police are working closely with AA traffic marshals employed by the event promoters to help the traffic flow as freely as possible. Experienced and qualified AA marshals have the same powers to direct traffic as police.
To help prevent the opportunities for offending at the festival, police officers and staff are reiterating and reinforcing the following key advice ahead of the event:
> Refrain from bringing valuable possessions to the festival where possible.
> Ensure your possessions are property marked and registered with www.immobilise.com
> Activate the ‘find my phone’ app or similar on your smart phone before coming to the festival
> Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle and on display.
> Keep your possessions in your sleeping bag with you whilst asleep.
More crime prevention advice is available via Hampshire Constabulary’s website