Theft – make sure all your valuables are kept in a secure bag close to your body. A bag with a difficult clasp can help deter people from prying. Keep checking through the night that you have everything, and that your phone is fully charged so you can contact people if something is wrong.
Spiking – ensure you keep an eye on your drink the whole time. Don’t leave it unattended, or with someone you don’t know. It’s better to drink out of a bottle where you can, however there are now items you can purchase online, like a cup cap that can help cover your drink. Find out more about symptoms of spiking and what to do here.
Sexual assault – make sure you trust the people you are going out with fully but trust your instincts. Stick together the whole night, and ensure they are aware of your location if you lose each other. Make sure that you all get home safely and together. It’s better to arrange your transport home early so you’re not waiting ages. If there has been an assault, report it to a bouncer or police officer. If you need to walk home, read more on our tips for staying safe walking in the dark here.
Injury – to prevent accidents, wear comfortable, flat shoes to walk in. Try not to drink too much to prevent alcohol poisoning and alcohol related injuries, and don’t take anything that you don’t know. Be aware of your surroundings – move away from people who are becoming verbally or physically violent in case things get serious. Be vigilant in case there is anyone suspicious around who may have bad intentions. Report anything to the police that will need their attention. To prevent injury to others, do not drive home after drinking. Pre-book a taxi and collect your car the next day.
Law breaking – it’s best to not do anything that is illegal in general, but on New Year’s Eve, the Police will be stretched to their limit anyway. Don’t drink and drive or take any drugs. This can cause injury to yourself but to innocent people also. If you feel threatened, it’s best to walk away and calm yourself down. The last thing you need to be in a jail for the rest of the night. Whilst it’s easy to get carried away, it’s better to just walk away.