Out tonight? do it right
There's nothing better than a good night out and nothing worse than a bad one.
These tips will help you stay safe and have a great night every step of the way.
Before heading out
- Make sure you know who's coming out and how you're getting home
- Choose a meeting point where you'll wait for friends if you get separated
- Save the number of a reputable private hire company in your phone and know where the taxi ranks are. You can find out about Northampton's taxi ranks in our licensing section.
- Charge your phone - a flat battery is no use to anyone. (For about £5 you can buy a portable power bank to give your phone a boost while you're out.)
- Save an ICE (in-case-of-emergency) contact on your phone. You can use the medical ID on your smart phone - just make sure you select 'show when locked'. If you go out with a regular group, why not think about saving each other's emergency contacts on your phones as a backup?
- Get home quickly and safely by downloading an approved safer route home from Northampton Town Centre back to the University of Northampton's Waterside Campus.
While you're out
- Tell someone if you decide to leave earlier than planned
- Text the address to someone you trust if you decide to go home with someone new
- Street marshals and street pastors are often out in the town centre on busy Friday and Saturday nights. They can help if something doesn't go to plan
- Never accept a lift from a stranger, there are plenty of licensed taxis in Northampton
- Hail a black cab in the street or at a taxi rank, or ring ahead to book a private hire car to collect you from wherever you are
- Look for a licence plate - a licensed taxi in Northampton will always have a claret and white licence plate on the back of the car, while licensed private hire vehicles will always display a yellow and white licence plates. (It's a good idea to make a note of the licence number, as it will make things a lot easier if you lose something or want to make a complaint.)
- Find out more about licensed vehicles in Northampton.
- If you choose to walk home, think ahead and plan your route to make sure you stick to well-lit areas and stay away from shady shortcuts. Always try to walk with friends.
As a passenger you have rights: if you think a driver has acted unfairly or dangerously you can make a complaint.
In case of emergency
If there is an emergency call 999 immediately.
For non-emergencies or if you would like to report a crime which has already happened, please dial 101 to talk to Northamptonshire Police.
For more advice
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