12 tips for a safe night out over Christmas

Suffolk police have released 12 tips for a safe night out (stock image) . Picture: ARCHANT

Suffolk police have released 12 tips for a safe night out (stock image) . Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Suffolk police have released 12 top tips for a safe night out over Christmas.

This weekend marks the start of the party season and revellers will be out in force in the county’s pubs, clubs and restaurants.

As part of its Christmas safety campaign, Suffolk police has released 12 tips that will keep you safe when out this festive season.

The constabulary is also backing the new ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign, which helps enable those who feel vulnerable on a night out discreetly ask pub and club staff for help.

The campaign hopes to reduce sexual violence and vulnerability by providing people with a discreet phrase to say to staff should they find themselves in a worrying or intimidating situation.

By ‘asking for Angela,’ it is hoped party goers can quickly alert staff and get assistance.

Chief inspector Stuart Grimsey said: “The Christmas season for many is about celebration and enjoying the festivities with friends and family, which will often include consuming a few more drinks than you normally would.

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“At the same time however, we want to ensure everyone stays safe especially when they are out visiting busy pubs and clubs.

“Sadly we see far too many people who drink so much they can’t get themselves home, which can leave them vulnerable to crime.”

Here are Suffolk Police’s 12 top tips to staying safe on a night out:

• Don’t be tempted to drink too much before the night begins. People who preload are more likely to become involved in violent crime or injure themselves.

• Make sure you have something to eat before a night out and drink water regularly.

• Don’t make yourself vulnerable by getting too drunk – know your limits.

• Stay with friends, look out for one another and make sure you all get home safely.

• Arrange a meeting point and rendezvous times in case you get separated from friends.

• Pre-book safe transport home and do not accept lifts from strangers.

• Save the number of a licensed taxi firm in your mobile phone. Always check the driver’s identification and never get into an unlicensed taxi.

• Avoid walking alone and never take short cuts through dark alleys or large open spaces.

• Stash some cash in case you lose your purse or wallet.

• Store an ICE (in case of emergency) number in your phone.

• Keep an eye on your drinks and never leave them unattended. Even soft drinks could get spiked.

• Getting behind the wheel after drinking can have tragic consequences, the advice is simple, don’t drink and drive.