Keep safe this festive season

Best Bar None Coordinator, Sergeant Robert Hogg, is urging revellers to be aware of their own personal safety when they go out this festive season.

The Christmas party and Christmas market season is just about upon us, and the High Streets are already getting busier with shoppers trying to beat the festive rush. All this adds up to a lot more footfall, especially in busy town and city centres.

When you are out and about in busy areas it is vital that you take care of your own personal safety to ensure you don’t put yourself in any dangerous situations and are not a victim of crime. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much for a good night out to take a dangerous turn.

It’s the responsibility of all venues to place the personal safety of visitors at the top of its priority list. Yes venues want everyone to have a great time and enjoy themselves, but safety must come first. However, it is also vital that the individual is taking steps to ensure they stay safe.

Here are some tips to ensure you are safe and enjoy a good day/night out:

  • We would always encourage responsible drinking.
  • Plan ahead and let your family and friends know where you are going and who you are going with.
  • Make sure your phone is charged.
  • Plan how you are going to get home by pre-booking a licensed taxi or by making sure you know the times for your train or bus.
  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Do not take drugs or any unknown substances.
  • Always know your location.
  • Take care of your bag and belongings.
  • Ensure you have enough money to get home safely.
  • Stay with friends and avoid leaving venues with strangers.
  • Look after one another and make sure you all get home safely.
  • Do not be the Bystander who watches inappropriate behaviour. If it is not acceptable when sober, it is not acceptable when under the influence of alcohol.
  • Tell staff if you have any concerns or contact Police.

Best Bar None is an accreditation and award scheme aiming to raise standards amongst licensed venues, recognising positive management helping to facilitate safe and enjoyable nights out for the public.

Best Bar None’s ethos is centred around quality: quality of experience when going out; quality of customer care; and quality being applied to every aspect of a visit.  We all want to enjoy going out, we all want to feel safe and we all want to know that family and friends are safe.


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