It’s Christmas time once again and friends and colleagues will be getting together to celebrate Christmas in style. It’s an opportunity to have some fun at a pub or club where the drinks are likely to be in full flow.

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, such as being attacked or mugged.

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.

7 safety tips for nights out

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Safety in numbers:

Always stay within the group. 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.

Get taxis or arrange a lift:

When traveling at night always book a taxi or get a lift. It’s worth that little extra to take a ride in a 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.

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 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. The risks, especially to unaccompanied women, are far too high.

Drink in moderation and know what you are drinking:

Always stay in control when drinking alcohol. Know your limits and never push them. A few more drinks may seem like fun at the time, but it is never a good idea. Keep a close eye on your drinks and never leave them unattended at any point. Having your drink spiked – perhaps whilst you momentarily turn your back – will ruin your night and maybe your life.

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.

Keep valuables hidden:

Don’t advertise your mobile phone to people on the street – keep them 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.

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 this Christmas and not give them the opportunity to strike.

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