Staying Safe at Outside Events – April

Watching your favourite singer or band from the comfort of your armchair is great, but there’s nothing like being there live on the day. Tickets to big entertainment and sporting events sell out very quickly, which is very disappointing when you’ve really been looking forward to the big day.

This can make it very tempting to buy them from sources other than official websites. If your ticket is found not to be genuine you will be refused entry.  Here is some advice about purchasing tickets from Get Safe Online.

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place across the Country in 2017, many of which are happening in Suffolk.   If you are attending, we would like to encourage you to take a few minutes to think about your personal and property safety. In partnership with Suffolk Police, we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. This information is also relevant for any/all large events and gatherings.

Some of the events you might be planning on attending during April may include:

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Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival/Event, but look after yourself and your friends
  • Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Moderate your alcohol consumption

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 your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Look After Your Valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

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If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.

Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.

  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Do not leave valuables in your tent
  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle

Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events.  These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime.

Most Importantly
Have a wonderful time and Stay Safe

Christmas Community Safety Messages

A Community Safety mobile display vehicle will be visiting twelve different locations on twelve separate days to spread messages about safety and staying safe this Christmas and to engage with the community.

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Representatives from our community safety partners (Fire & Rescue, Trading Standards, Health and SCC Community Safety) have been invited to participate and Suffolk Constabulary have also encouraged the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams to use it as an engagement opportunity.

Partners will be on hand to provide information and advice on personal safety when going out for Christmas celebrations,  mobile phone theft, vehicle and home security and much much more.  All are invited to come along to any of these local events.

The mobile unit will be at each location below between 10.00am – 3.00pm:

28 November – Mildenhall – Sainsbury’s, Recreation Way

29 November – Hadleigh – Morrisons, Calais Street

2 December – Stowmarket – Town Centre

3 December – Felixstowe – The Triangle Felixstowe

4 December – Newmarket – Guineas Shopping Centre Entrance – Apologies for the late cancellation

6 December – Woodbridge – Town Centre, Outside WH Smith – Cancelled

9 December – Lowestoft – Britton Centre

10 December – Ipswich – Giles Circus

11 December – Sudbury – Tesco, Woodhall Business Park

12 December – Haverhill – Market Square 

13 December – Ipswich – Giles Circus

18 December – Bury  – ARC, Charter Square