|1.||Staying Safe||2.||Safety Whilst Out and About||3.||Safety on Nights Out|
3. Safety on Nights Out
You can have great times when you go out at night, and you shouldn't feel nervous about leaving the house. However, keeping yourself safe and prepared will make sure that nights out stay fun.
Here are some things to remember:
Keep your mobile phone topped up
Mobile phones are a great way to stay in contact with your friends during your night out. Make sure you have credit on your phone and your battery is charged before you leave. This also means you can take some great photos whilst you are out enjoying yourself! You may also have track my phone on your phone. If you use this, you can find your phone if you lose it, and your loved ones can track you if they need to.
Safety in numbers
Always stay with the group of people you are going out with wherever possible. By remaining close to the people you trust and know well, you’ll reduce your risk of being left vulnerable. If you find yourself to be separated from the group, stay calm and don't leave the building to look for them. Try calling them, or speak to a member of staff and ask them for help.
Let your friends know where you are
Do not leave your group of friends without telling them where you are going. If you do leave alone then let your friends know where you are going and when you expect to get there so they can double check that you are safe. You should not leave with someone you have met on your night out. If you choose to do so, let your friends know who you are leaving with and keep them up to date with texts or calls and let them know where you end up.
When travelling at night, wherever possible book a taxi home from a reputable and reliable company or organise someone you trust to come and collect you. If this isn’t possible then you may have to walk to the local taxi rank and get a taxi directly from there.
Do not get in a taxi that doesn't have the correct documentations and markings of a company you know. Unlicensed taxis are becoming an big problem and they can make you vulnerable.
If you are travelling by bus, they are fitted with CCTV for your safety, and the driver is close at hand should any problems occur. Make sure you check the timings of buses before your evening begins so you are aware of when the last one leaves.
If walking home, always stay in well-lit areas where people may see you, such as main roads. Always plan your route home and make sure you stick to routes you know. Never take short cuts, don’t walk down dark allies, through unlit parks or by rivers. Always let someone know how you are getting home, your route, when you are leaving and the time you expect to be back.
Never drink and drive. Alcohol affects everyone in different way so it is hard to say how much you can drink and still be under the limit. If you are driving it is safer to have none at all than risk the punishment for being caught.
Keep valuables hidden
Don’t advertise your valuables. This includes mobile phones, purses, wallets, jewellery and house keys. Unfortunately, on occasions these have been stolen when they are easy to see.. Never leave them unsupervised either, so you could ask a friend to watch your bag whilst you go to the toilet, or get your friends together and dance around them. If you are taking a bag out with you make sure it has a zip fastening, as this will give your items extra protection from others.
Do not take out more then you need to on your night out. Take cash out before you go out on your night – it sets your spending limit and you don’t have to take your bank card out with you. If you want to take out a bank card make sure it is just 1 card and with no other person details such as your pin. Most night clubs have coat rooms with staff in attendance.
Eat before you drink
Eating a proper meal and keeping well hydrated before you go out is always advisable. Drink sensibly whilst you are out, such as alternating between drinks of water and other drinks, as this can help give you a clear head.
Always stay in control of your drink whilst you are out in the evening drinking. Keep a close eye on your drinks and do not leave them unattended.
Ask for Angela
Lincolnshire's No More Campaign has asked a lot of Lincolnshire pubs to allow people to 'Ask for Angela'. You can speak to staff members and 'Ask For Angela' if you feel unsafe or if things 'feel a bit weird'. Staff members will then help you get out of the situation discreetly. The No More Campaign website has a map of the current places in Lincolnshire that have signed up to 'Ask For Angela'.
Don't Drink and Drown
Don’t Drink and Drown is a national campaign that warns drinkers to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol.
Advice from the Royal Life Saving Society is:
• Don’t enter the water if you have been drinking
• Alcohol seriously affects your ability to get yourself out of trouble
• Look out for your friends, make sure they get home safely
• Don’t walk home near water, you might fall in
Alcohol makes being in water very dangerous due to its effects on the body:
• Alcohol lowers inhibitions, leading to impaired judgment which means you are more likely to take risks and get into trouble
• Alcohol limits muscle ability making simple movements much harder
• Alcohol slows down your reactions, making it more difficult to get yourself out of trouble
• Alcohol numbs the senses particularly sight, sound and touch, making swimming very difficult
Know your Limits
Is a campaign about knowing your alcohol limits, such as how many units of alcohol are in a large class of wine, the recommended daily amounts for women are different to those of a man. Guidelines state that women should have no more then 2-3 units of alcohol per day and a for a man 3-4 units per day.
The Drinkaware: Track and Calculate Units app is free to download and will help you work out how many units of alcohol you are drinking.
Don't be a hero…
If there is a fight or an argument stay away from the disruption and get help from professionals in the area who are experienced and trained to deal with these situations such as security or police officers.
Always call the police on 999 if you have witnessed a crime or if there is an emergency