Don’t isolate yourself – there’s safety in numbers!
You don’t have to be joined at the hip, but it’s always wise to keep in the company of your friends. Keep together with the people that you trust to reduce the risk of being targeted by someone who’s got ulterior motives.
Get a taxi to and from your destination
The winter nights are dark and cold, and although you’re possibly dressed up, looking forward to a big night out, it’s wise to get a taxi to and from your destination. The streets aren’t lit up everywhere, and you could put yourself in a vulnerable position if you’re alone, on an unlit street.
Book your taxi home with a reputable firm
Safety is the key here, and it’s important, that if you’re travelling on your own, you’ll want to be confident that the taxi firm you book will pick you up when they say they will. You’ll be putting yourself in a vulnerable position if you’re trying to hail a taxi on your own late at night.
Drink in moderation
When it comes to the festive season, let’s face it, we all go a bit bananas! But, with the increase in recorded numbers of ‘rape date’ substances, spiking of drinks and violence against women recently, it’s best to keep an eye on how much you’re drinking, who you’re drinking with and to keep vigilant in your surroundings.
Keep valuables hidden
It stands to reason that you’re putting yourself at risk from thieves on a night out if you don’t keep your valuables out of sight. Thieves are everywhere and are looking for opportunities to steal at all times. Don’t let yourself be one of their victims! Only take out the cash you’ll actually need, or don’t take all your debit and credit cards with you. Keep to the minimum necessities and leave what you don’t need at home!
Keep away from aggressive situations
Aggressive situations can break out instantly and it’s sometimes difficult to predict what’s going to happen. But if you keep vigilant in your surroundings and keep with your trusted group of friends, you’ll have a better chance of removing yourself from any hostile situation as soon as it arises.
Covid 19 Restrictions
We are still unsure on the Government’s rules regarding the new variant Omicron, but it seems that there’s a lot of uncertainty regarding the pathway ahead. However, if you do decide to go on a night out, you expect to be in a crowd of people.
We are told to use our own common sense and this would clearly include trying to keep socially distanced from other people. Hopefully, the venue you’re attending will have their own procedures put in place, but it’s always a good idea to get as much information on the venue before you go.
Wear a mask
If moving around your venue, it’s a good idea to wear a mask. You don’t want to catch the virus or pass it on to vulnerable people if you do.