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Advice to keep you safe when out socialising

Top tips to help you keep you safe

  • Whilst there is generally safety in numbers, again always be aware of your surroundings.

  • Do not leave your drink unattended or become distracted at the bar, and if you start to feel unwell seek assistance from venue staff. The safety initiative ‘Ask for Angela’ is being rolled out to bars, clubs and other licensed businesses across the country. People who feel unsafe, vulnerable or threatened can discreetly seek help by approaching venue staff and asking them for ‘Angela’. This code-phrase will indicate to staff that they require help with their situation and a trained member of staff will then look to support and assist them. This might be through reuniting them with a friend, seeing them into a taxi, or by calling venue security and/or the police.

  • When out with friends  look out for each other and consider travelling back together, or “checking in” when you each arrive home safely.

  • Always call or book a cab or use a cab premises and never accept a lift from drivers on the street. Only black cabs can be hailed on the street so don’t ever hail a minicab without booking it in advance. Never accept a lift from a stranger.

  • When a minicab arrives, always ask who they are waiting for before telling them your name. Never tell them your name first. A lot of cab firms will provide a female driver if you ask for one, or will give you a password so that you know it is the correct minicab.

  • Always be assertive and remain vigilant. Look purposeful - it will reduce any perceived vulnerability. Be confident with any unwanted approaches by saying ‘Don’t touch me', 'No', 'Go away’. If they persist make sure you raise your voice and command them to ‘back away’ or shout ‘I said NO’.

  • Remember Drugs and Alcohol can severely impair decision making. Make a decision before you go out to only have a certain amount of drinks and stick to it, tell your friends your decision. Health guidelines can be found around this for more info click HERE.

For more information on staying safe and secure visit the Suzy Lamplugh website HERE.

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