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Night time safety tips

21st October 2022

Five Night time safety tips

The summer has come and gone, and winter is just around the corner. The dark nights draw in as we think about Halloween, Bonfire Night, and Christmas.

There’s no doubt that staying safe and being cautious are important at all times of the year. The mornings stay darker for longer this time of year, and the afternoons and evenings become darker sooner. Here are a few night time safety tips to keep you safe.

1. Stick together

Avoid walking alone, whether you’re walking home after a night out, leaving university late, or going to a friend’s house. If you are walking in the dark, try to walk with others you know; safety in numbers is key.

2.  Make sure you know your route

Know where you’re going if you have to walk in the dark, especially if you’re on your own. Keep to well-lit main roads and pedestrian areas. Do not stray from the beaten path, even if you know a shortcut. You should avoid cutting through remote alleyways, parks, wastelands, and canal towpaths.

3. Plan ahead

Make sure you plan ahead if you’re out for the night and need to get home by the end of the night. Book a taxi or arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up. If you plan to take a taxi, keep money aside to cover the fare and use a licensed taxi company; never take an unmarked taxi.

4. Keep in touch

You should let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back. If you’re walking or taking a taxi, let someone know when you’re leaving and then let them know when you’ve arrived. If you fail to contact them as expected, they should know something is wrong. Make sure your phone is fully charged before going out for the night.

5. Be alert

Avoid listening to music or talking on the phone for too long if you have to walk alone in the dark. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings without distractions. Also, keep any valuables such as phones, headphones, money, keys, etc. hidden, as they will attract attention.


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