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by Laura Kingston

Plan before you go out… 

  • Don’t forget this useful phrase and think about it before you leave the house: ‘Keys, cash, phone and plans to get home.’ 
  • Make sure that your Uber app is up-to-date and your bank card is linked. Add a couple of taxi numbers to your phone too in case of emergencies. 
  • Arrange to meet your friends in a safe place. Preferably inside rather than on the street. 
  • Make sure that you let a friend, partner or your parents know where you are going.
  • Stash some cash in your bag in case you lose your purse (or buy too many rounds of shots).

 

Stay alert when you’re out…

  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Look around you and be aware of what’s going on.
  • Leave a situation if you start to feel uncomfortable.
  • If you accept a drink from someone, don’t leave them at the bar unattended – keep an eye on your drink.
  • Know your limits and always stay in control.

Try to avoid walking alone at night, but if you do, do it safely…

  • Try to never walk alone. 
  • Always keep to well-lit areas and use main roads and paths.
  • Walk towards the traffic.
  • Never take shortcuts down dark alleys or through parks.
  • If possible, call someone on your phone and talk to them while you’re walking – keep letting them know where you are.
  • Consider carrying a personal alarm or loud whistle – just in case.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings – don’t wear headphones.
  • Never accept a lift with a stranger or someone you don’t know very well. Get an Uber or a reputable taxi instead.

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