NSW Police have warned people holding parties on New Year’s Eve not to send invitations by SMS or email.
NSW Police said in a statement that hosts needed to keep control over who and how many were invited to such parties.
Using technology-based methods that were easily forwarded to others encouraged gatecrashers, NSW Police suggested.
“We are asking members of the public to be mindful of maintaining a safe party environment for themselves and remain aware of how their behaviour might affect surrounding residents,” acting assistant commissioner Denis Clifford was quoted as saying.
“Send out written invitations only, not via text message or email.”
NSW Police has asked party hosts to download a “safe party pack” from its website. The pack warns hosts away from using technology to advertise any party.
“Don’t use internet, SMS or email distribution lists or noticeboards, et cetera. If word of the party has spread, you will need to take extra preventative measures,” police said in the party pack.
The party pack further advises hosts to consider numbering their invitations.
“Personally hand out invitations and discourage people from bringing extra friends,” it added.
Extra police would be rostered across Sydney’s greater metropolitan region on New Year’s Eve, NSW Police said.