12 TOP TIPS FOR A SAFE NIGHT OUT IN CHELTENHAM
Cheltenham's 'purple flag' night-time economy has many fun, interesting and vibrant places to visit. If you are going out in the town, taking some time to consider your personal safety can make a huge difference.
Excessive drinking lowers your inhibitions and can result in you making decisions you may come to regret. You will also become less able to identify potential risks or dangerous situations, increasing vulnerability and the risk of harm.
Taking a few simple precautions can help you and others safe. So before you go, check out the tips below!
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 your mobile phone is fully charged before you go out
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. Unfortunately there are people who may be minded to take advantage of your situation
Stay with friends, look out for one another and make sure you all get home safely. There is safety in numbers
Arrange a meeting point and rendezvous times in case you get separated from friends
Pre-book safe transport home and never 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 shortcuts 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 on your phone
Keep an eye on your drinks and never leave them unattended. Even soft drinks could get spiked
Terry Howard, joint operations director of the Cheltenham Guardians Safeguarding Team said: "My message to those heading out into town is to enjoy your night and have fun but please be mindful of the potential consequences of drinking too much alcohol.
"Venue staff, venue security, taxi marshals, guardians, street pastors and the police will be on hand to provide aid and assistance to anybody that requires help but inevitably there will be individuals who slip through the net. Please take all precautions to mitigate risk and enjoy your night safely and responsibly."
Cheltenham Guardians are on duty every Saturday night (except the first 3 weeks of January) between 10pm and 5am. Call 01242 350 330 to contact the team for assistance.
The Cheltenham Guardians Safeguarding Team is a partner in the care response to Cheltenham's night-time economy.
USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS
Emergency : 999
Police non-emergency : 101
NHS Direct : 111
Cheltenham Guardians Safeguarding Team : 01242 350 330