Staying safe out on the town
The Territory offers a great night out to people young and old. But if you are going to “hit the town” it pays to be aware of potential dangers and take some simple steps to improve your level of safety.
Before you go out, make sure you know who you are going out with and how you are getting home. Remember that the group you go out with can split up during the night, so make sure you have a back-up plan to get home.
Drink sensibly. Some good ideas include:
- Not too many pre-drinks before you go out
- Alternate your alcohol intake with water
- Avoid binge drinking
- Never leave a drink unattended
- Be wary of drinks bought by other people
- Take care of friends in the way that you would hope they take care of you
- Walk away from disagreeable people. Avoid conflict. Verbal conflict in conjunction with alcohol can quickly turn to physical violence. REMEMBER: ONE PUNCH CAN KILL. WALK AWAY.
- Charge your phone and keep it on you.
- Wallets, purses and mobile phones are easy targets. Leave them with a friend when you go to the bathroom.
- Take enough cash that you don’t need to visit an ATM alone late at night.
- On your way home stay with people you know. If you wander off on your own you make yourself vulnerable.
- If you do decide to walk home, stick to well illuminated and busy roads. Avoid short cuts, alleyways and unlit areas. Be alert to potential danger and move away when you see it. Red flags might include:
- clearly drunk people behaving aggressively
- being followed
- groups of people in unlit areas.
- Trust your instincts.
- When you do get home remember to lock all the doors on your way in. It’s the sort of thing that can be easy to forget.
Taking some simple precautions and behaving safely can help ensure that your night out becomes a night to remember for all the right reasons.