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Night Smart

 

With the earlier dark nights, Peak Radio have put together some top tips and advice to help you stay safe this festive season.

It’s Christmas time once again and friends and colleagues will be getting together to celebrate in style. It’s an opportunity to have some fun at the pub or club with drinks likely to be in full flow.

Whilst having a good night out will be at the forefront of your mind, make sure you stay safe. Sadly, when people don’t take their safety seriously they can end up a victim of crime, such as being attacked or mugged.

Screenshot our top tips so that they're easily found in your camera roll should you need them.

 

 

There's safety in numbers, especially with trusted people.

Always stay within a group when possible. By remaining close to the people you trust and know well, you’ll reduce the risk of being targeted by people who are up to no good and could be out to take advantage.

 

 

Use a location-sharing app to let a trusted person know where you are.

Share your location with selected friends on Snapchat, send your real-time location to a trusted contact on Messenger or add trusted people to see your location with Google Maps. This means that a trusted person is aware of your location should you require help.

See a guide on how to share your location with a trusted contact using Google Maps (android here) & (ios here).

 

 

Book a taxi or arrange a lift.

When travelling at night always book a taxi or get a lift with someone you trust. It’s worth that little extra expense to take a ride in a cab and get home safely. If travelling by bus it’s best to sit on the lower deck as this is closer to the exit and within sight of the bus driver should there be a problem.

When you book a taxi, ensure it is from a trustworthy and licensed company.

See our directory page for local taxis to help get you home here.

Also, see bus timetables for Derby here and Derbyshire here.

 

 

Stay in well-lit areas and pre-plan your route.

If walking home after a night out, always stay in well-lit areas where there are plenty of people. People are less likely to commit crimes if there is good lighting, CCTV and people around to see what is happening. Always plan a route home and make sure you stick to places you know. Never take shortcuts, especially down dark allies, by canals or through unlit parks.

 

 

Keep valuables hidden.

Don’t advertise your mobile phone to people on the street - keep them hidden. People will often have valuables stolen on a night out and if you’re drunk, you are an easier target. Keep all valuables like phones, wallets and purses in zipped pockets or bags. Ideally, leave valuables such as jewellery at home, but if you must take them out with you then keep them safely hidden.

 

 

Emergency Numbers To Save

999

UK Emergency Number

 

111

Non-Emergency NHS Number

 

101

Non-Emergency Police Number

 

Make Others Feel Safe

It's important to do your part in making overs feel safe too. Derbyshire Constabulary have some great advice here.

 

Useful Apps

Shake2Safety

Shake2Safety is designed to send emergency messages to a contact, as well as record audio and video, and can be triggered by subtle movements like shaking your phone or pushing the power button four times.

It works when your screen is locked and when you don’t have any internet.

 

Circle Of 6

With Circle Of 6, you choose six contacts and the app lets you set and send preset messages about your safety.

With just two taps, and you can let your six people know where you are and what they can do to help you.

 

bSafe

bSafe has a range of features, such as an SOS button, which can be activated by touch or voice and records your surroundings to send to your chosen contacts, and lets you invite your contacts to follow your location via GPS.

There’s also a Fake Call feature, which you can use to make your phone ring to get you out of situations you’re unsure of.

 

Life360

Life360 lets you make your own ‘circles’ of trusted contacts and check out their location, as well as send and receive real-time alerts when members of your circle leave or arrive at different places.

There’s a Help Alert function that lets your circle know that you don’t feel safe after 10 seconds.

 

Red Panic Button

Pressing the panic button on this app instantly sends your emergency contacts an SMS and an email with your coordinates in a Google Maps link.

It also allows you to send a ‘panic tweet’ that shares your location and lets your followers know that you need help.