The combination of hot weather, alcohol and possibly drugs has police concerned for the safety of New Year’s revellers in Adelaide.
Assistant Commissioner Madeleine Glynn says officers will be tolerant on what is a special night, but will not ignore violent or anti-social behaviour.
“New Year’s Eve with alcohol and drugs, the opportunity for people to behave badly is high,” she said.
“The advice we give to people is to use your common sense, don’t get into confrontations.
“The braver person sometimes walks away.”
Police are tipping large crowds at the major New Year’s Eve events across Adelaide including the main celebrations in Elder Park in the city centre and along the city’s coastline.
The beachside celebrations are expected to be particularly popular with a top temperature of 37C forecast for Adelaide.
Ms Glynn said extra police would be deployed at the major events but she hoped everyone enjoyed a safe, happy and incident free night.
“Make this New Year’s a night you’ll want to remember. Plan ahead as to how many drinks you’re going to have and how you’re getting home,” she said.
“Don’t ring in the new year in a police cell. Drink in moderation, and stay in control of your behaviour.”
Eight local bands will entertain the crowds at Elder Park with fireworks to light up the sky over the River Torrens at 9pm (CST) and midnight.
Fireworks will also feature at seaside Glenelg which has been declared a dry zone to encourage a family-friendly atmosphere.
Other events this year include the Adelaide Strikers hosting the Perth Scorchers in the T20 Big Bash League match at Adelaide Oval.
While at the Festival Theatre, a New Year’s Eve performance of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific has been scheduled with promoters offering a special show and party package including food and drinks and post-show entertainment.