Festive Safety with SBD: Personal Safety
Christmas is typically a busy time of year, with numerous festive dinners, drinks and meet-ups planned in the lead-up to the big day and into New Year.
Here are some simple tips you can follow to keep yourself safer this holiday season.
- Plan and Prepare: Consider what you might need in the way of money/cards and the time you’ll be home. It is sensible to notify someone of your planned journeys, who you are meeting and how you are going to get home. Be aware of the time of the last bus/train, as these may change over the holiday period.
- Have a buddy system: Go out with a friend or group of friends, and make sure you keep an eye on each other throughout the night. Consider travelling back together, or ‘checking in’ when you each arrive home safely. If you go home with another person, ensure your friends know who you're with and where you're going.
- Stay aware of your surroundings: Keep an eye on the people around you and be aware of any potential dangers.
- Know your limits: Drinking too much too quickly can lead to dangerous situations. Remember, drugs and alcohol can severely impair decision making.
- Check in with venue staff: If you start to feel unwell seek assistance from venue staff (Use Ask for Angela if you feel vulnerable).
- Getting home: Make sure you have a plan for how you'll get home before you go out. Consider taking a reputable taxi or minicab but be sure to book via phone, app or at a cab office, or ask the venue to help you. Never accept a lift from a stranger and remember that only a licensed taxi can be stopped/flagged down in the street.
- Choose your venues wisely: Look for Licensing SAVI accredited venues using the Find a Venue map or via the WalkSafe app, which indicate venues that have done all they can to ensure you have a safer night.