Simple advice to help your Halloween go to plan

Published: Friday, 27 October 2017

Northampton Borough Council is reminding people of the importance of getting it right when you go out in town during the evening, especially on busy evenings around Halloween.

The council first launched their ‘out tonight?’ campaign in the spring to raise awareness of some important personal safety advice. 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 own wellbeing.

The common sense advice which can help everyone to have a good night out, includes:

  • Plan your journey home in advance
  • Know how to identify licensed taxi and private hire vehicles
  • Save an in-case-of-emergency contact number on your phone
  • Charge your phone before you leave the house
  • Stay with your friends
  • Know who to ask for help if you need it

As an additional precaution for Halloween revellers, Bridge Street will be closed to traffic on the evening of Saturday, 28 October. Temporary barriers will be placed across the top and bottom of the street along with clear diversion signs between 11.30pm and 5am.

Councillor Anna King, cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “Planning ahead can help you avoid situations where you feel uncomfortable, for instance choosing a safe place where you’ll regroup with friends if you get separated or making sure that your phone is fully charged before you head out can make a big difference.

“It’s important to know that there are people who can help you if things go wrong while you’re out too, you can always talk to a police officer, street pastor, or member of bar and door staff. Many of the staff who work in the night-time economy in Northampton have had training on how to spot people who need some help but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ask for help if you think you need it.”

For more advice visit www.northampton.gov.uk/outtonight.