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How to protect yourself...

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..On a night out

If you are going out for a night on the town with colleagues, friends or family, there are some simple steps that you can take to help keep yourself safe:
Make sure friends / family know where you are
Make sure someone always knows where you are - don’t wander off on your own of with a stranger. Make sure you stay with your family and friends.

Don’t accept drinks from strangers

Don’t accept drinks from strangers - make sure you see your drink being served and never leave your drink unattended
Be careful of party measures - they can be much stronger than pub measures
Leave your drink with someone you know you can trust when you nip to the toilet or go for a dance.

If you suddenly start to feel ill or unusually drunk, ask a friend to get you home - but make sure it’s someone you really trust.

Know your limits

Alcohol as well as drugs can make you do things that you regret - they can both cloud your judgement, make you paranoid or even violent. You are more likely to become a victim of crime under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs, as well as being more likely to be a perpetrator of crime.

Don't let alcohol ruin your night - don't do something that you will regret.
Don't get involved in fights - walk away.
Drink in moderation. Eat something before you go out. Take breaks and have a soft drink now and again.
Know your own limits. Don't try to keep up with everyone else!


Plan how you are going to get home

Make sure your phone credit is topped up and battery is charged before going out, and that you have each of your friends’ mobile numbers before going out.
Always keep spare cash to get home safely.
Never walk home alone and keep to well-lit streets.
If you think that you are being followed, cross to the other side of the road to see if they follow. Don’t hang around - make your way to the nearest safe place such as a shop or pub. Call someone you trust and get them to meet you, and if you are really worried, call the police.
Plan how you are getting home before you go out - arrange a lift, get timetables for buses / trains or book a licensed, reputable taxi.
Don’t get into a private hire vehicle unless you’ve booked the car in advance. Only hackney carriages are allowed to carry passengers who have hailed them on the street or at a rank.
If you have any doubts about using a particular taxi, make an excuse and do not get into the vehicle.
If a bus is empty or you’re catching it after dark, stay on the lower deck as near as possible to the driver.
Always sit in the back of a taxi (behind the driver if you are on your own) - if you feel uneasy, ask the driver to stop at a busy place you know, and get out.
When arriving home in a taxi, consider asking the driver to wait until you are in the house, they shouldn't mind.
Have your house keys ready before you reach the door, and carry them on you, not in your bag. Rummaging around for them means you’re not looking at what’s around you.

Some useful links
Crimestoppers: http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/keeping-safe/personal-safety
Staying Safe: http://www.suzylamplugh.org/
Dan 247, Wales Drugs and Alcohol Helpline: www.dan247.org.uk

Direct Gov, Alcohol and Crime: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/CrimeJusticeAndTheLaw/CrimePrevention/DG_181558
Drink Aware, Drink Diary: http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/make-a-change/
Drink Aware, Facts About Alcohol: http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/
Drug Aid Cymru: www.drugaidcymru.com


Victim Support

Rape or sexual assault (info for women)

Rape or sexual assault (info for men)

Violent crime

...Out and about

Incidents of pick pocketing and theft are relatively low, but we’ve put together some top tips to help you make sure that you and your personal belongings stay safe:
1.When you are out shopping, remember to close and zip shut your handbag in between accessing your purse. When returning your purse to your bag, make sure that you put it at the bottom of your handbag. That way, if you do forget to fully shut your bag, your purse will be difficult for someone to find easily.
2.Keep your handbag close to you at all times, preferably with the strap across your body.
3.If someone grabs your bag - let it go. The bag and its contents can be replaced.
4.Gents; don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket, as it can be easily pinched.
5.Remember to keep you credit and debit receipts safe when you are shopping, as some may contain card details.
6.Getting stressed shopping? Don’t leave your purse, wallet, keys or mobile phone in a basket, trolley, or at the checkout - check, and double check that you have them in a safe place.
7.When catching a bus or train, have your ticket, pass or change ready in your hand so that your wallet is out of sight.
8.If you use your mobile phone in public, watch who is around you. Don’t make it an easy target for mobile phone thieves.
9.Avoid walking home whilst you are speaking on the phone or listening to music, as you won’t hear people approaching.
10.Record your phone’s IMEI number - you can find it behind the battery, or by typing in *#06# into your handset. You’ll need it to cancel your phone if gets lost or stolen.

What else can you do?

You can also register your personal belongings on an online national property database - www.immobilise.com

If your phone, computer or any other registered item is lost or stolen, you can use Immobilise to instantly tell police, insurers, and the second-hand trade. These actions help greatly in the recovery of your property and the capture of thieves. Police can also search the data base to help reunite found property with its owner(s). The database already has the details of over 20 million belongings.

REGISTER
To register your property for free visit www.immobilise.com - it only takes a couple of minutes.

REPORT
If any item of registered property is lost or stolen report it to Immobilise via your online account.
This information is then made available nationally to all the major UK Police forces via their online
systems.

REUNITE
If your registered property is recovered either the Police or Immobilise will contact you and let you know its location.
Some useful links
For more information about keeping your belongings safe, please visit:
Immobilise: http://www.immobilise.com/
Crimestoppers: http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/keeping-safe/burglary