Nightclub Safety Tips
Going out to a nightclub, lounge, bar or other social setting with drinks and dancing could be fun and exciting. You get to meet new people, forget the worries of the working week and burn off stress on the dance floor. Having a good social life and going out partying is a great thing to experience but a little forethought before going out will ensure a night to remember for the right reasons. Having a good time also means looking after yourself and practicing good safety in what can be a frenetic and disorienting environment. It’s a sad fact that not everyone in a nightclub is there to party. If you’re unlucky, that guy or gal who seems so personable while you’re chatting at the bar may be interested in a whole lot more than what you think. Male’s stand a much higher risk of being attacked in the street or in a club, so being male doesn’t exclude you from danger. Staying safe in a nightclub is a matter of planning and a little commonsense. Here are our safety tips to help you dance the night away safely.
Safety Before The Club….
– Plan Ahead – Take safety responsibility for yourself on a night out and plan ahead, particularly if you’re going to a part of town you don’t know.
– Know how you will get home and always have a plan b in case something goes wrong.
– Pre-book a licensed taxi, or know the locations of official taxi ranks. If taking a yellow cab text the name of driver and medallion number to friends so they can monitor you in case something goes wrong.
– Eat before you go out and drink plenty of water. Drinking a glass of water or a soft drink between alcoholic drinks will help you not to get drunk and allow you to practice safety.
– Ensure your mobile phone is charged and is in credit.
– Carry a card with your name, physical limitations, list of medications you are on, illnesses and emergency contact in case of illness or injury.
Safety While in the club….
– Keep track of what you’re drinking, as well as how much. Drinks do get spiked with drugs, so do not leave your drink unattended or accept a drink from a stranger.
– Cover your drink with the palm of your hand or napkin in crowded situations. Never accept a drink that you haven’t seen the bartender pour. Never leave your drink unattended. Never share your drink with someone you’ve just met.
– Watch how much you drink. It is much easier to do something risky or foolish when you’re drunk; and you’re much more likely to lose your keys, cash or phone when you’ve had too much to drink.
– Keep the money you need to get home in a separate place then your spending money, so that you don’t spend it.
– Take note of the exits — how many there are and where they’re exactly located.
– In a crowded room full of people you don’t know, the only way to keep your valuables safe is to keep them with you at all times. Do not place your purse down to dance and watch it at all times. Reducing what you take with you on your night out can also help. Do you really need that iPod? Is that expensive makeup case really necessary? If you don’t have it with you, it can’t get stolen.
– Watch your surroundings and watch the people around you. Follow your gut.
Safety Leaving The Club….
– Always leave a club or pub with a friend or a group of friends. There are strength in numbers. Going out with a group of friends is one of the best safeguards when visiting a nightclub. A group of people is a far less attractive target for criminals than a single person or a couple. Friends can also provide assistance in the event of drink spiking or excess alcohol intake. Traveling in a group, too, is much safer than traveling alone.
– If you use public transportion to get home, sit near the driver on a bus or a train. Never sit in an occupied train cart or bus. Also check the times of the last train or bus in your area so you are not left behind.
– Walking may not be the best option, but if you have to, do not walk home alone in the dark. Keep to well-lit, busy streets, main roads and footpaths. Avoid badly lit areas, parks, alleyways and underpasses. Avoid listening to headphones, talking on your phone or using your mobile map – using these items makes you less aware of your surroundings, and also lets other people know that you have valuables. Remember that texting can distract you from what is happening around you.
– Let someone know where you’re going and what time you expect to be back.
– Re-ensure your mobile phone is charged and is in credit.
– Keep your valuable items (such as your mobile phone and wallet and Jewelry) out of sight.
Please remember to practice safety in both the real and the virtual world. If you practice these actions in other situations and make them automatic. Then it won’t seem like a bother to practice safety when you’re out partying.