Going out can be a lot of fun but remember to stay safe. Ensure you plan your journey home before going out and follow our advice to have a fun and safe time.
If you are drinking alcohol, be careful not to let it affect your judgment or your ability to take care of yourself.
Watch drinks and food to ensure that nothing is added to them. If something tastes odd, do not eat/drink any more of it.
If someone you do not know well or trust offers to buy you a drink, you should either decline or accompany them to the bar and watch that nothing is added to your drink.
If possible arrange for at least one of your group to stay sober, in order to keep an eye on the others and see that they don’t do anything to put themselves in danger.
If you feel particularly strange after taking a drink (even a soft drink) or realise you have drunk too much, tell a friend immediately and make sure you are accompanied home by one of your own group.
Remember, alcohol can seriously affect your judgement and ability to make safe decisions.
Taxis & Minicabs
Always use a licensed taxi or licensed minicab.
Taxis (Hackney Carriages) can be hailed in the street. They look like purpose–built taxis or black cabs and have an illuminated taxi sign on the roof.
Licensed minicabs cannot be hailed in the street. They must be pre-booked. The driver should have ID and the vehicle will have some sort of license displayed on it.
Always carry the telephone number of a trusted, licensed company with you.
When booking a taxi or minicab, ask for the driver’s name, as well as the make and colour of the car. Confirm the driver’s details when they arrive – is it the taxi or minicab you ordered?
Sharing a taxi or minicab with a friend and sitting in the back of the car are good safety strategies.
Know where you are going and which stop you need. Check departure times, especially of last buses.
Try and have your ticket, pass or change ready in your hand so your purse or wallet is out of sight.
Wait for a bus or train in a well-lit place near other people whenever possible.
Carry extra money in case you get stranded and need to take another bus, train or cab.
Whenever possible, stick to well-lit, busy areas where you can be clearly seen and where you can clearly see other people.
Never be tempted to take a risky short cut, e.g. through a quiet section of the park or down a deserted alleyway.
You need to stay alert to your surroundings at all times because the sooner you become aware of potential danger, the easier it is to avoid it.
Think about carrying a personal alarm with you, which can be used to disorientate and shock an attacker.
Carrying a mobile phone is also a good idea in case of emergencies but keep it concealed and only use it when you have to.
Always act on your instincts – if something looks or feels wrong it probably is, so don’t wait for your fears to be confirmed, get away from the situation as quickly as possible.
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