How to stay safe on a night out:
Top tips, handy hints, random facts and the blindingly obvious:
- Drink spiking is rare, but always protect your drink. Don’t accept drinks from strangers.
- Stay with your friends on nights out as there is safety in numbers. Make sure you look after each other, have a great night and get home safely.
- Try to avoid arguments – people often say things they regret or become more aggressive while drinking.
- Don’t leave handbags, wallets or mobile phones either on display or unattended as thieve may be watching.
- Where possible don’t use your mobile phone or other personal gadgets like MP3 players in busy places as they may be a target for thieves.
- When using cash machines be vigilant of who is around you and ensure the ATM does not have any suspicious devises fitted to them. Always hide your PIN from view and put your cash away as quickly as possible and move away from the machine.
- Avoid using cash machines in dark and secluded locations.
- Don’t take controlled substances on nights out.
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach or too quickly. Remember to alternate your drinks with soft drinks as these will help you stay hydrated.
- Make sure you wrap up appropriately for a night out as alcohol lowers the body temperature.
- Plan your journey home in advance by arranging to book a taxi home or making use of the night bus services on a Friday and Saturday.
- Never use an unregistered taxi. Either hail a black cab or book a licensed taxi.
- Try not to walk home alone. If you must, stay alert and try to appear confident, avoid isolated areas. If you feel you are being followed run to towards populated areas and never towards somewhere remote.
- Do not drink and drive or travel with anyone drinking and driving