Northampton Borough Council launch new night time campaign
A new personal safety campaign, launched this week, focuses on personal responsibility and highlights steps everyone can take to make sure their night goes well.
The 'out tonight?' campaign offers simple advice including ensuring your phone is fully charged, planning your journey home in advance, and understanding how to identify a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle.
Councillor Anna King, cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Northampton nightlife has a lot to offer as there are plenty of restaurants and bars for people to enjoy, as well as fantastic theatres and cinemas. We want to make sure that everyone who comes into the town centre for the evening has a positive experience.
“It really is all common-sense but it’s been a while since a campaign of this kind ran in Northampton and it’s important to remind people of the easy steps they can take to help their night go to plan.”
Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, University of Northampton, Northampton Pubwatch, Northampton Street Pastors, and local private hire and taxi companies are all backing the campaign which encourages people to take responsibility for their wellbeing.
Northamptonshire Police Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold, said: “Staying safe on a night out doesn’t mean not having fun - it simply means taking small steps that could mean the difference between getting home safely and not.
“Whatever happens and wherever you go on a night out, we’d simply ask you to make sure your phone has been charged before you leave the house, you stick together with friends, and you know how you’re getting home at the end of the night.
“Doing these simple things will help to make sure everyone can have a great time while knowing they’re safe and secure."
The campaign is the most recent step in an ongoing drive to improve the town-centre experience during the evening and supports a lot of the partnership working that is already taking place in Northampton.
Charles Kelly, Chair of Northampton Pubwatch, said: “Our main goal is to promote the safety of staff and customers whenever they spend time in a licensed establishment. We’re fully behind this campaign and hope it will make people more mindful of the little things they can do to help their own evening go well.”
The characters of Jack and Chloe, two young people who know how to do it right when they head out for the night, sit at the heart of the campaign and its positive messages.
Richard Johnson, Chair of Northampton Street Pastors Management Committee, said: “Northampton Street Pastors are committed to supporting “Chloe and Jack”, helping young people like them to keep safe in our town.”
The Borough Council will be holding an awareness event on Saturday 18 March, offering personal safety advice as well as the chance to pick up a free mobile phone power pack. Drop by to find out more between 11.30am and 2pm on Abington Street.
Find out more about the campaign at www.northampton.gov.uk/outtonight