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Getting home safely

Getting home after a night out and a few drinks isn't always easy. The truth is people tend to put a lot more thought into what they are going to wear on a night out than how they plan to get home.

If you take a few minutes to plan the end of your evening before heading out you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. Spend a few minutes discussing with friends how you are going to get home; always leave a club or pub with a friend or group of friends; and let someone know where you are and what time you’ll get home.

Reduce the loss

  • Spread your possessions about. For example, keep your mobile phone separate from your purse, and your keys separate from your credit card –  you’ll be less likely to lose everything if you are the victim of crime.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash.
  • Be discreet: carry your laptop in a rucksack-style laptop bag, or refrain from white ear-phones advertising your latest high-value Apple product.
  • Make sure you’re not showing off any valuables. It’s a good idea to carry your bag close to you with the clasp or pocket facing inwards. Keep it zipped and so your wallet or purse can’t be seen.

Plan your route

  • If you take a few minutes to plan the end of your evening before you head out you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.
  • Spend a few minutes discussing with friends how you are going to get home.
  • Always leave a club or pub with a friend or group of friends.
  • Let someone know where you are and what time you’ll get home.

Walking

  • Walking is not the best option but if you have to, never walk alone.
  • Anyone could be at risk – contrary to popular belief, men are statistically more likely to be assaulted on the way home than women.
  • Plan your route in advance, sticking to well lit routes, main roads and footpaths.
  • Avoiding poorly lit areas – especially shortcuts such as parks and dingy alleyways.

Taxis and public transport

  • Unless you want to be taken for a ride, watch out for rogue taxis.
  • Pre-book a licensed taxi or find out the location of designated taxi ranks.
  • Remember, your safety is more important than the taxi fare.
  • If you plan to use public transport to get home, try to sit near the driver.