Simple advice to help your nights out go to plan

Published: Wednesday, 01 May 2019

Residents are being reminded of the importance of getting it right during nights out in the town centre.

Members of the Northampton Community Safety Partnership are working together to encourage people to take responsibility for their own well-being during nights out by following simple advice, particularly recommendations for sticking together with friends.

The common sense advice, which forms part of the “Night out? Do it right?” campaign, includes:

  • Planning your journey home in advance
  • Travelling by trusted transport, which includes knowing how to identify, hail or book licensed taxis and private hire vehicles
  • Saving an in-case-of-emergency contact number on your mobile phone
  • Charging your phone, and ensuring you have enough credit to make calls, before you leave home
  • Sticking together with your group of friends throughout the night. Don’t be tempted to go home, or somewhere else, alone with someone you have only just met that night. And have a plan in place, should you and your friends become separated
  • Choosing a safe, well-lit route home if you’re walking home with your friends. Avoid walking home alone where possible
  • Avoiding conflict and being respectful of others. If a situation is getting tense or confrontational, walk away with your friends and get help if you need it
  • Knowing your limits with alcohol and never mixing alcohol with other substances.
  • And knowing who to ask for help if you need it. If a friend becomes ill, stay with them and ask for help if needed. If they fall unconscious or are seriously hurt or ill, call an ambulance

Additional support for revellers is available from the Street Pastors, who help Northamptonshire Police and pub and security staff, during busy weekends, by providing a reassuring presence and practical support in Bridge Street, Abington Street and Wellingborough Road.

Northampton Borough Council’s Taxi Marshalls are also on hand at the Georges Row taxi rank during pay day weekends, to help manage taxi queues and offer help to vulnerable people on nights out.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Northampton has a lot to offer for a great night out but we’ve become concerned recently about the number of individuals we have spotted who aren’t practising common sense safety advice while they are out at night.

“Following simple tips, such as sticking together with friends throughout the evening, making sure your phone has been charged before you leave the house and knowing how you’re getting home at the end of the night can ensure that your night out is not just a great night out but a safe night out.”

The town’s licencing sergeant, Martin O’Connell, from Northamptonshire Police, is also encouraging people to follow the advice.

He said: “We want everyone to have a safe and fun night out. If you’re going out to enjoy the local night-time economy, please heed our advice and take note of the guidelines so your night out is memorable for all the right reasons.”