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How to Stay Safe on a Night Out – Both Guards and Guests

Going out to pubs, clubs and bars at night is supposed to be fun, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take small actions to protect yourself and others. For those working as security on nights out, the pressure is on to make the right call to keep everyone out of harms way including themselves.

Keeping Guards Safe

This week the Security Industry Authority have launched their latest campaign to improve safety for all those involved in nights out. This will involve giving security guards safer ways to restrain those of whom are causing a problem; the hope is that the campaign will tackle both the unsafe working conditions for security guards and ensuring that the guards are following the right protocol when dealing with a situation.

The organisation will also be visiting nightlife locations, like clubs and pubs where security guards have been employed to meet them and to encourage them to report any abuse or assault that they experience on the job. If you are a security guard, you should not believe that it is acceptable to be attacked while you are working simply because you are a guard, all of the same laws apply, and with 70% of security staff having been assaulted physically while on the job*, and 44% of those needing to receive hospital treatment due to the assault*, it is important now more than ever to know your rights as a guard and report any unlawful behaviour.

If, however, you are on a night out (and are not security staff) you should be mindful that security guards are trying to do their job and keep people safe so that everyone can enjoy their night.

Below you will find our advice on staying safe while you are out during the night.

*according to the Security Industry Authority

Top 5 Tips to Stay Safe on Your Night Out

  • Stay with Friends

The bigger the group the better, but make sure that you look out for the people you are with and that you can trust them to look out for you. By staying in groups you can deter unwanted attention as well as having someone to help you out if you get into a tricky situation. If at any point you are alone, call your friends to either find them (if you have lost them) or just so that you are in contact with someone if travelling alone.

  • Plan Ahead

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Because travelling in groups is key, you should make a rough plan of how you will be getting home and with whom. You can book taxis online or over the phone, which I easy and safer than hailing one off the street.

  • Watch Your Belongings…

When lots of people are in one place, it can be easier to miss someone slipping your phone out of your pocket or your money out of your bag. Keep items in closed bags and make sure you know you will be able to see if someone does take something. If you aren’t planning on taking a bag, then try and keep your belongings in your front pockets where you can easily see them.

  • …and Your Drink!

Watching your drink is equally important; watch the bartender pour it, or make sure your friend does, and get friends to keep an eye on it if you need to leave it. Drink spiking is shockingly common, and often occurs when someone intends on either stealing things from you or taking advantage of you sexually.

  • Avoid Uncomfortable Situations

If you feel unsafe, remove yourself from a situation as soon as possible, and if you are aware of a fight or any other dangerous situation that is about to occur, get help from police or notify the security staff.

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