Personal safety on a night out
With the warmer weather upon us (finally) there has been a marked increase in night-time activity along Southbank and Crown Promenades. The activity levels are regularly exceeding pre-COVID levels with a spike in activity on Saturdays.
Are you planning a night out in Southbank with friends? Here are key safety tips to remain safe when out and about enjoying yourselves:
- Plan your night
- Drink safely and within your limits
- Take care of your friends
Plan your night:
- Charge your phone and take a portable power bank with you.
- Take your ID.
- Leave valuables at home or at your accommodation.
- Plan your transport to and from the venue or nominate a designated sober driver.
- Write down your friends’ phone numbers, in case you lose your phone.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you will be home. Tell them if your plans change.
Drink alcohol safely:
- Eat before you go out. Eat while you are drinking.
- Drink within your limits. Space out alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks.
- Never mix alcohol and drugs.
- Never drink alcohol and drive. Do not get into a car driven by somebody who has been drinking alcohol.
- Never accept a drink you haven’t seen the bar staff pour.
- Don’t leave drinks unattended and keep an eye on your drinks. Remember: even soft drinks can be spiked.
Take care of your friends:
- Walk away from conflict or dangerous situations. Take your friends with you. Do not retaliate or allow yourself to be provoked.
- Stay with your friends. Do not get isolated.
- Do not leave friends alone with somebody they’ve just met.
- Recognise when a friend has had too much alcohol to drink and encourage them to slow down.
- Never leave a drunk person alone. Seek help from venue staff or sober friends if you are worried about someone.
- If someone passes out, hits their head, or gets punched, call for an ambulance on Triple Zero (000).
If you feel unsafe, what should you do?
- Protective Services Officers (PSOs) and Police Officers are on platforms and trains until the last train.
- You can notify police of unwanted sexual and anti-social behaviour on public transport by texting “STOPIT” to 0499 455 455.
- If you need immediate police attendance, call Triple Zero (000).
- If you are travelling home by yourself, ring a trusted person and talk to them until you are safely home.
Southbank Police hope everyone and their friends enjoy everything Southbank has to offer safely. •