Night-time Safety

Click the links below to check out the information on this page which offers some simple steps to help you avoid becoming a victim of crime.

    Your Personal Safety
    Cashpoints
    Mobile Phones
    If you think you are being followed
    Out and About
    Drugs

     

    Your Personal Safety

    Out and About
    While it is primarily females who fear crime the most, males between the ages of 16 – 24 are more likely to be the victim of crime, especially violent crime.

    Late night walking

    • Keep to well lit streets
    • Avoid shortcuts through dark alleys
    • Arrange to make your journey home with friends
    • Walk confidently and with purpose and try to look as if you know where you are going
    • Be aware of your surroundings – a personal stereo or too much alcohol can distract you
    • Always carry change, a phone card or a mobile phone
    • Don’t take glasses or bottles onto the street (Gloucester city centre is an alcohol free zone)
    • Carry your bag close to you with the clasp facing inwards and a strap over your shoulder
    • Carry your house keys in your pocket
    • Cover up expensive looking jewellery
    • If someone grabs your bag, let it go – your safety is more important than your property
    • Carry a personal attack alarm. These are available from DIY stores or your local police station
    • Make sure your friends aren’t left to walk home alone. Go out together, come home together – Use a registered taxi or private hire vehicle or use the late night bus service

    NB It should be noted that there is a difference between a taxi and a private hire vehicle.  A private hire vehicle must only be used if it has been pre booked.  A taxi can be hailed in the street although it is preferable to book it in advance

    Late night walking Use a registered taxi

    Cashpoints

    • Try to go to the cashpoint in daylight.
    • Go with a friend if possible
    • Don’t use cashpoints when you have been drinking
    • If you see someone suspicious hanging around the cashpoint, walk away and go back later
    • Look around before inserting your card
    • Only withdraw what you need – don’t walk around with bundles of cash in your pockets
    • Don’t count your money in full view of strangers
    • Always conceal your PIN number

    Mobile Phones

    • Ensure you record your IMEI number (dial *#06#), phone number, service provider and PIN number and keep the details in a safe place
    • Be aware of what’s happening around you as a mobile phone is very attractive to a thief
    • Avoid texting or talking on your mobile in crowded areas where it can be easily snatched from you
    • If your mobile phone is lost or stolen, call the central service provider contact number 08701 123 123.  This will enable them to quickly isolate your mobile so it cannot be used to make or receive calls
      • You wouldn’t flash your cash, so don’t flash your mobile

      If you think you are being followed

      Check by crossing the street - more than once if necessary - to see if they follow.  If you are still worried, go to the nearest place where there are other people - look for a pub or anywhere with a lot of lights on - and call the police.  Don't call from a phone box where the attacker could trap you inside.

      If a car slows down or stops beside you and you feel threatened, scream and shout, and set off your personal attack alarm if you have one.  Get away as quickly as you can.  This will gain you vital seconds and make it more difficult for the car driver to follow.  If you can, make a mental note of the number plate and description of the car and write down details as soon as possible afterwards.

      If the Worst Happens

      Only you can decide whether to fight back, but preparing yourself for all possibilities could provide a split-second advantage.

      Think of what you would do if someone attacked you.  Could you fight back, or would you avoid resisting and wait to escape?

      If someone threatens you, shout and scream for help and set off your personal attack alarm if you have one.  This may unnerve the attacker and frighten him or her off.

      You have every right to defend yourself, using reasonable force, with items you might have with you, like an umbrella, hairspray or keys, which can be used against an attacker.  However, the law doesn't allow you to carry anything that can be described as an offensive weapon (e.g. knives, mace, etc.).

      If you can, avoid confrontational situations - if you feel someone is hassling you or trying to provoke you,  - it's better to walk away than get involved.

      Out and About

      While it is primarily females who fear crime the most, males between the ages of 16 – 24 are more likely to be the victim of crime, especially violent crime.

      Pubwatch scheme
      • Know your limit – don’t ever feel pressurised to drink out of your depth
      • Space your drinks – have a non alcoholic drink every other time you go to the bar
      • Eat before you go out
      • Watch out for alcohol free zones in the city centre
      • Avoid drinking to excess
      • Do not drink too much of anything with which you are unfamiliar
      • Never accept a drink off someone you’ve just met
      • Watch your drink. Don’t leave it unattended
      • Stay away from situations you don’t feel comfortable with
      • Where possible drink from a bottle and keep your thumb over the top
      • If you suspect that your drink has been spiked, inform a member of staff immediately
      • Remember, drug rape happens to men as well as women
      • A Pubwatch scheme operates in Gloucester. If you misbehave and are banned from a pub or club you will be banned from all pubs and clubs in the area. Lose your pub – lose your mates!

      Drugs

      All drugs carry risks.  Depending on what is taken, effects can range from headaches, feeling faint and sick to mental health problems, organ damage, fatal poisoning.  It is worth bearing the following points in mind:

      The user can never be sure of exactly what they are taking. What is bought is unlikely to be pure, you won’t know what it has been mixed with. Not knowing the strength of what has been bought could lead to accidental overdose. It is often very dangerous to mix different drugs, this includes taking a drug and drinking alcohol. If needles, syringes or other injecting equipment are shared, there is a serious risk of dangerous infections being spread such as HIV and hepatitis B or C. Injecting can also damage veins.

      In addition unlawful possession of a controlled drug is a criminal offence.  This still includes Cannabis.  A drugs conviction can cause problems obtaining a travel visa to enter some countries.  It can also affect job prospects.  An employer may check if an applicant has a criminal record or any past convictions.

      In student accommodation there will be separate rules and regulations regarding the possession and use of drugs and illegal substances – see the documentation issued by your college or university.

      If you would like more information about an alcohol or drug problem, you can contact Turning Point on 0300 123 1512. Turning Point provide information, advice and support for people who are concerned about their own or someone else’s substance misuse, all services are free and confidential.  Further information can be obtained from their website http://www.turning-point.co.uk/gloucester.aspx


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