Frequently Asked Questions

What steps can I take to increase my personal safety on a night out?

1. NEVER leave your bag or coat unattended in a pub or nightclub as it is an easy target for opportunist thieves.

2. NEVER leave your drink unattended. It's very easy for someone to put an illegal substance in your drink, which could have very serious consequences for you.

3. ALWAYS make sure you know how you are going to get home after a night out. Try to travel home with friends and not on your own.

4. Book a taxi home BEFORE going out. Don't flag down a taxi as you can't be sure they are a licensed cab driver.

5. AVOID any confrontation or fighting, if someone is threatening you then tell a doorman but do not get involved.

6. NEVER accept a drink from a stranger. If you want to accept a drink go with the person to the bar.

7. DON'T walk home alone late a night. If you do stick to well-lit main roads and walk confidently.

8. If someone grabs your bag, remember they could have a weapon - fighting back is not always a good idea.

9. Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Reading and listening to music can be distracting.

10. Only use your mobile phone in a public place in an emergency. You do not want to advertise the fact that you have a phone and whilst using it you are distracted, making it easier to take it from you.

11. If you are attacked shout fire rather than help, it tends to attract more attention.

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