Some of this advice might seem obvious, but there are a few simple things you can do to help you, your friends, and other people feel safer when they're out in public.
Arrange how you’re getting home beforehand
Before you go out, think about how you’re going to get home.
Ensure your phone is fully charged
Check train station, taxi rank/bus stop locations and put the numbers of trusted local firms in your phone
Make a plan with your friends before you go out and confirm how everyone will be getting home safely
Check you have enough money to cover the costs
Making sure you have the above steps covered will go a long way to ensuring you have a fun and safe night out. And don’t forget, always travel with friends, companions or in small groups where possible.
Preloading involves drinking alcohol on private premises before going for a night out in a pub or club and drinking more alcohol.
Studies have shown that when people preload, they often drink more than they expected to and also got drunker than they expected to.
Unfortunately, this can lead to a number of unwanted consequences including becoming involved in violent situations such as fights and other violent crimes.
Ensure you leave each venue together
Be a great mate – don’t leave a pub, club or bar without checking everyone in your group is with you.
It’s easy to get separated from each other but it’s important to never leave a friend behind!
Support don’t ignore – how to safely intervene
If you're in a group of people where someone is harassing another person in a bar or on the street, try to calm the situation. They may just need to be told that they're behaving inappropriately.
If you notice someone is uncomfortable with another person's behaviour, show your support by being an active bystander. It can be as simple as standing between a person to block their line of sight. Ask that person if they need any help, and back up anyone else who is intervening, especially your friends.
If you need to report an incident that does not require an emergency response, click here to report it. In an emergency always call 999.
Tell us about a public space where you've felt unsafe
StreetSafe is a pilot designed for the public to anonymously tell us about public places where they've felt unsafe.