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7 Top tips for a safe night out during the festive period

We all enjoy a night out with family, friends and colleagues. It's great to get together and enjoy ourselves in style, and it’s an opportunity to have some fun at the pub or club, with drinks likely to be in full flow.


But whilst having a good night out will be at the forefront of your mind, make sure you stay safe. Sadly, when people don’t take their safety seriously they can end up a victim of crime.


7 top tips for a safe night out

By taking on board these top tips on staying safe, you’ll go some way to help yourself have a great time whilst out and about.


1. Safety in numbers

Always stay within a group when possible. By remaining close to the people you trust and know well, you’ll reduce the risk of being targeted by people who are up to no good and could be out to take advantage.


2. Arrange a lift or get taxis if you can

When travelling at night, if you can, get a lift with someone you trust. Failing that, if you can afford it, it's best to book a taxi - it’s worth that little extra expense to ride in a comfortable cab and get home safely. If travelling by bus, it’s best to sit on the lower deck, as this is closer to the exit and within sight of the bus driver should there be a problem.


3. Always book your taxi

When you book a licensed mini-cab or taxi, you know it is reputable and reliable. Black cabs are the only type of private hire vehicle that you can hail on the street, unlike all other cabs which must be pre-booked via phone or app. Don’t be tempted to get into an unlicensed cab for a quicker ride home. 


4. Drink in moderation & watch your drink

Alcohol dulls your instincts and can lead you to make unsafe decisions. Keep a close eye on your drinks and don’t leave them unattended so you can minimise the risk of them being spiked.  Also – and you might not know this, as not much has been said about it – watch out for strangers offering you their vape. Vapes, like drinks, can be spiked.


5. Stay in well-lit areas

If walking home after a night out, always stay in well-lit areas where there are plenty of people. People are less likely to commit crime if there is good lighting, CCTV and people around to see what is happening. Always plan a route home and make sure you stick to places you know. Never take short cuts, especially down dark allies, by canals or through unlit parks.


6. Keep valuables hidden

Don’t advertise your mobile phone to people on the street - keep it hidden. People will often have valuables stolen on a night out and if you’re drunk, you are an easier target. Keep all valuables like phones, wallets and purses in zipped pockets or bags. Ideally, leave valuables such as jewellery at home, but if you must take them out with you, then keep them safely hidden.


7. Keep away from hostile situations

Don’t be a hero on a night out. If there is a fight or an argument, stay out of it and get help from bouncers or the police.

Let’s stay one step ahead of the criminals, and not give them the opportunity to strike.


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Amber Allsopp
(Staffordshire Police, PCSO, Tamworth)

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