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Usually it’s the time of year when Christmas parties are in full swing, drinks down the pub with Mum friends, Dad’s having a couple of beers after work but things are going to be different this year with the current restrictions but if you do venture out to your favourite beer garden, your friends house for a cheeky takeout. Here are my top tips on how to stay safe on a night out this Christmas.

Whatever the reason. We often forget about what happens if things do go wrong? Is anyone aware that you were taking a later train or that you’d forgotten to book a taxi, but like your friends you are always happy to wing it?

Top Tips on How to Stay Safe on a Night Out this Christmas

Planning

It’s all in the planning! Tell people where you are going, what time you are planning to be back. How you are planning on getting back?

We have great little devices, that allows us to communicate or save everything.

Safety in Numbers

Safety in Numbers

Never walk home alone! Never allow your friends or family to walk home. It doesn’t matter if it’s just around the corner! It takes seconds for something to go wrong!

I’ve been there as a late teen, I didn’t feel I lived in an area that wasn’t safe. I often walked home from my friend’s house, she lived 10 minutes walk in a well lit but quiet road at 1 am. Cutting a long story short, I was followed by a man. Maybe it was just coincidence but now I wouldn’t take the risk!

My advice, always try and stay in at least pairs. If you do find yourself alone, stay in well-lit areas.

Personal Belongings

It can be hard to keep track of handbags, phones and valuables in crowded or noisy areas. Keep them close by and within view. If not, try and lock them away in a locker or suitable storage solution.

Transport

Try and pre-book all transport, taxis or arrange if you need a lift home. Lot’s of taxi’s only offer pre-booked only at this time of year or are already fully booked. Make sure someone knows when you will be home.

Drink Responsibly

Drink Responsibly

I don’t want to sound like a Mum (guilty) but I have worked too many Christmas parties watching people take full advantage of the free bar to then find themselves stranded because they missed their taxi or the driver wouldn’t take them or their mate just left. Don’t be this guy or girl. Have a few drinks, have a laugh but don’t lose sight of how much you are drinking.

Christmas should be a fun and enjoyable time of year. With these extremely obvious tips, you should have a safe night out.

If you would like more information or further advice please check out Crimestoppers UK who offer seven top tips for a safe night out.

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2 Comments

  1. Excellent tips you have provided here. I love the planning and safety in numbers. It is so important to plan ahead especially during the holiday season. Things can get rushy and you can easily get caught up in the hustle and bustle. But planning can go a long way.

    1. Thank you, Rebekah, as you can tell I’m the organiser of the group! But I have a friend who is awful at planning most things, she wings it and its got into some awful messes! Hopefully, these tips can inspire some safety.

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