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Kent Police & Neighbourhood Watch Christmas party reminders

It’s December, it’s Saturday… Out for the evening or Christmas party?

Whilst we all want to have a good time, especially after the difficult few years, here are a few reminders for keeping yourself safe on an evening out.

·  Never leave your drink unattended, even if you are going to dance or to the toilet. If your drink has been left unattended, don’t drink any more of it.

·  If something tastes or looks odd, don’t eat/drink any more if it – some drugs are colourless and tasteless.

·  If someone you don’t know or trust offers to buy you a drink, either decline or accompany them to the bar and watch that nothing is added.

·  If you meet someone new at a party, avoid going home with them or inviting them back to your home/accepting a lift from them.

·  Know your own limit!

·  Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you’ll be home.

·  Avoid walking home alone and never with someone you don’t know well.

·  Check your taxi drivers ID and never get into an unlicensed taxi.

·  Book your cab or taxi in advance or call a licensed cab company from the party and arrange for them to pick you up right outside the venue.

·  Always sit in the back of a cab/taxi and if you get chatting to the driver, do not give away personal details. If you feel uneasy with the driver, ask him to stop at a busy familiar place and get out.

·  Always wait for the bus or train in a well-lit place near other people if possible and try and arrange for someone to meet you at the bus stop or station. If a bus is empty, or it is after dark, you may feel safer on the lower deck as near as possible to the driver. On trains, avoid empty compartments. If you feel threatened on any public transport press the alarm or attract the attention of your fellow passengers or the driver or guard. Take note of where the emergency alarms are and try to sit near them.