Festivals are full of people looking to have a good time. They can also be targets for thieves and opportunists.
Read this list of common sense safety tips to help you have a fun and crime-free festival.
Plan your journey there and back
- Before you set off, make sure your car is in good condition – check the oil, water, fuel, screen wash and tyres.
- Think ahead and plan your route.
- Make sure you are in good condition to drive. Get a good night’s sleep the night before you go and the night before you drive home.
- Take regular rest breaks during driving.
- Stay away from alcohol the night before. Driving under the influence of drink and drugs – even from the night before – is not only dangerous but could leave you with a fine, a driving ban and even imprisonment. Stay safe.
- Check your mobile is charged each day.
- If you’re concerned about your safety in the campsite, find a plot that’s well lit.
- Make friends with your neighbours. You can keep an eye on each other’s tents. Do keep in mind that they’re strangers, so don’t trust them with anything valuable.
- At night, stay on the main roads in the campsites.
- Organise a meeting point with your friends where you will be, say, three times a day in case you get split up and there is no mobile reception.
Don’t drink too much
Remember that alcohol impairs your judgement and can make you more vulnerable to crime. Use the same common sense as you would on any other night out and:
- Don’t drink too much
- Look after your friends
- Walk away from trouble
- Don’t leave your drink unattended,even soft drinks can be spiked
If one of your friends does drink too much, don’t leave them alone or let them wander off – however annoying their behaviour may be. Encourage them to re-hydrate with non-alcoholic drinks. If they pass out, lie them on their side with a clear airway (the recovery position) and send someone to get help.
Don’t bring or buy drugs
- Drugs are just as illegal on-site as off-site and there will be police around, many undercover.
- Don’t know what it is? Don’t take it!
- If things do get bad, then go to the welfare point or to the Samaritans. You won’t be judged and it will
provide a safe space if you’re having a bad time.
- If you want some detailed advice about any drugs, in confidence, you can contact the National Drugs Helpline on 0800 776600 or visit their website at www.ndh.org.uk.
- Try to limit the number of valuables you take. Make sure that you use the locker facilities provided to keep them safe.
- Don’t leave anything valuable in your car. Use secure lockers to put your valuables in.
- Split your cash and cards into two, so that if one lot is lost or stolen, you have some back-up money.
- Bring only the cash cards you need. Make a note of your bank’s emergency number to call if your cards are stolen.
- Don’t leave any valuables inside your tent when it is empty.
- Mark your property and your tent with your name and postcode. This will significantly reduce the risk of things being stolen.
- Register your phone or iPod etc on the Immobilise database, it is completely free. You can register anything with a serial number and every item recovered by police, or handed in, is checked against the database.