As the festive season begins and the good times begin to roll, it’s more important than ever to make safety your priority. By following some simple tips as you prepare to make your celebrations one to remember.
Don’t get loaded down with too many bags. Try to keep one hand free.
Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If this is impossible, make sure they know what to do if they lose you. For example, tell the nearest shop assistant that they are lost and NEVER leave a shop without you.
Agree a meeting point with older children in case you get separated.
If parking in a multi-storey car park, choose a well-lit space as close to the exit as possible and away from pillars. Reverse into position.
Keep car doors locked whilst driving in built-up areas, especially if you’ve got bags of presents in the car.
Don’t leave presents on show in a parked car, as they could tempt thieves.
Keep alert and aware of your surroundings, especially in busy shops and crowded streets where thieves and pickpockets may well be operating.
Keep a close watch on your valuables and try not to keep them all in one place.
Watch your drinks and food to ensure that nothing is added to them.
If someone you don’t know or trust offers to buy you a drink either decline or accompany them to the bar and watch that nothing is added.
Know your own limit.
If you meet someone new at a party, avoid going home with them or inviting them back to your home/accepting a lift from them. It’s safer to arrange a second date in a public place to get to know the person better. If you do find yourself alone with someone you don’t know well, make sure that someone knows where you are and who you’re with.
Pay attention to your instincts. If you feel uneasy about someone, there may be a reason.
Carry your keys, mobile phone and some money in your pocket on the way home, so you can give up your handbag or wallet and escape quickly if necessary.
The ideal plan is to book your cab or taxi in advance or call a licensed cab company from the party and arrange for them to pick you up right outside the venue.
Never accept a lift from a minicab touting for trade on the street. They are illegal and can be very dangerous.
Always sit in the back of a cab/taxi and if you get chatting to the driver, do not give away personal details. If you feel uneasy with the driver, ask him to stop at a busy familiar place and get out.