Suffolk is one of the safest places to live and work and the chances that you, your family or your neighbours will become a victim of crime are low. However, if you are planning a day out, going on holiday or just going out for the evening; take some time to think about your personal safety and the security of your home, your possessions and any vehicles.
Here are some tips for a great night out
The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin the rest of the weekend by overdoing it on Thursday. Give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.
- Think When You Drink: alcohol affects everyone in very different ways, when you are drunk you are not so aware of what’s going on around you
- Think Fights: alcohol can make people more aggressive
- Know Your Limit: stick to it. “Think Again before you drink another drop”
- Spiking: never leave your drinks unattended even soft drinks get spiked
- Time to Stop: If you have sex without consent you could end up going to prison for rape. Just like with alcohol you need to know when to stop! Saying no means the same in every language
- Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation
- Go out and have fun but look after yourself and your friends and ensure that everyone gets home safely.
- Arrange a meeting point and rendezvous time in case you get separated from friends.
- You can’t always rely on mobile phones, although it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely, and
- Keep your mobile safe and don’t carry your wallet or mobile phone in your back pocket or leave it on a table. Register your mobile at www.immobilise.com and increase your chances of getting it back if it’s lost or stolen.
- Always pre-book your taxi and make sure you get the right one!
- Do not accept lifts from strangers or go home with someone you have just met.
Before you you leave home:
- Secure your Home before you leave
- Think about how you are getting to where you are going and plan how you are getting Home
- Securing your vehicle
- Take care of your possessions whilst you are out
- Register your property (mobile phones/iPads etc.) and download a ‘tracking’ App
- If consuming alcohol, know your limits
- Planning to drive the day after drinking alcohol? Are you still over the limit?
Also check out these ‘YouTube’ clips about how to secure your house, deter potential burglars and other security measures:
Top ten tips to keep your house secure and deter potential burglars
Further Home security tips
Don’t leave valuables in an unlocked shed, nor ladders or tools that could help a burglar
Lock windows and doors Security
Working to keep the people of Suffolk safe