Campaign offers young people advice on staying safe during summer parties

A poster for Devon and Cornwall Police’s ‘The best night ever...’ campaign.

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 14:56 BST

Devon and Cornwall Police are advising young people on how to stay safe during their summer proms and parties.

“The best night ever...” campaign aims to educate young people about enjoying themselves at social occasions and reminds them to take measures to ensure they protect their personal safety.

Officers say young people’s judgement may be affected by peer pressure, alcohol, drugs or lack of knowledge, and during nights out they may find themselves in situations out of their control.

The campaign provides safety advice on getting home, drinking alcohol, peer pressure, relationships and sex. 

Superintendent Craig Downham of Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We want young people to enjoy their proms and parties and this campaign is designed to raise awareness and support young people to make the right choices about their personal and social lives. Sometimes things can go wrong and we want to ensure information is available to guide and support young people.

“Ideally we hope to prevent negative experiences, before they happen.  Our campaign asks young people to plan before going out to parties so they don’t find themselves in situations out of their control.”

Police advise the following to ensure a safe night out:

Top tips for staying safe 

  • Walk in well-lit, well-used areas where there are lots of people.
  • Always stay alert.
  • Think about how you’ll be getting home before you go out.
  • If you use a taxi make sure it is licensed.  
  • Always carry your mobile phone and make sure it is charged.
  • Drink responsibly.
  • Friends look after each other, make sure your mates know where you’re going.
  • If an incident has already taken place, there are specially trained officers who can provide guidance, and there are also dedicated support agencies that can provide support.

Further information about staying safe during a night out can be found here:

To report a non-urgent crime and information email: [email protected] or ring 101. In an emergency always call 999.

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