Personal Safety

If you are going out for a night on the town with colleagues, friends or family, there are some simple steps that you can take to help keep yourself safe:

  • Make sure friends/family know your plans
  • Make sure someone always knows where you are - don’t wander off on your own of with a stranger
  • Make sure you stay with your family and friends

Don’t accept drinks from strangers

  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers - make sure you see your drink being served and never leave your drink unattended
  • Be careful of party measures - they can be much stronger than pub measures
  • Leave your drink with someone you know you can trust when you nip to the toilet or go for a dance
  • If you suddenly start to feel ill or unusually drunk, ask a friend to get you home - but make sure it’s someone you really trust

Know your limits

  • Alcohol as well as drugs can make you do things that you regret - they can both cloud your judgement, make you paranoid or even violent. You are more likely to become a victim of crime under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, as well as being more likely to be a perpetrator of crime
  • Don't let alcohol ruin your night - don't do something that you will regret
  • Don't get involved in fights - walk away
  • Drink in moderation. Eat something before you go out. Take breaks and have a soft drink now and again
  • Know your own limits. Don't try to keep up with everyone else!

Plan how you are going to get home

  • Make sure your phone credit is topped up and battery is charged before going out, and that you have each of your friends’ mobile numbers before going out
  • Always keep spare cash to get home safely
  • Never walk home alone and keep to well-lit streets
  • If you think that you are being followed, cross to the other side of the road to see if they follow
  • Don’t hang around - make your way to the nearest safe place such as a shop or pub. Call someone you trust and get them to meet you, and if you are really worried, call the Police
  • Plan how you are getting home before you go out - arrange a lift, get timetables for buses/trains or book a licensed, reputable taxi
  • Don’t get into a private hire vehicle unless you’ve booked the car in advance. Only hackney carriages are allowed to carry passengers who have hailed them on the street or at a rank
  • If you have any doubts about using a particular taxi, make an excuse and do not get into the vehicle
  • If a bus is empty or you’re catching it after dark, stay on the lower deck as near as possible to the driver.
  • Always sit in the back of a taxi (behind the driver if you are on your own) - if you feel uneasy, ask the driver to stop at a busy place you know, and get out
  • When arriving home in a taxi, consider asking the driver to wait until you are in the house, they shouldn't mind
  • Have your house keys ready before you reach the door, and carry them on you, not in your bag. Rummaging around for them means you’re not looking at what’s around you