Act responsibly: Advice to help keep everyone safe on a night out
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With the final step of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown approaching, Northamptonshire Police has comprehensive plans in place for fighting crime and protecting people within the night-time economy (NTE).
Coronavirus restrictions are expected to be lifted on July 19, meaning pubs, bars, clubs and other licensed premises can welcome people back freely, after seated indoor service for groups of up to six resumed in May.
Throughout this reopening and beyond, Northamptonshire Police will be working hard to keep revellers safe, as well as taking firm action against anyone breaking the law.
Our officers will be out in the county's towns to help keep you safe while you enjoy yourself, and we're also sharing advice to help you.
Read more via the links below.
Advice for acting responsibly
Think twice. A bad hangover might last a day, but a criminal record can last for life
Everyone’s been living for the weekend forever, but don’t let it go to your head – know your limits
Don’t be that one person who spoils the night – make sure the only thing you regret is a hangover
Consent is everything, so if you’re looking to hook up, be respectful, act responsibly and stay safe. No always means no
Peer pressure isn’t cool – if you’re the one always encouraging friends to drink more than they should, are you really a friend?
Advice for enjoying a safe night out
Plan how you’re going to get home and arrange a lift or book a taxi in your name
Make sure your phone is fully charged before you go out
Stick with your friends and choose a meeting point where you’ll wait for each other if you get separated
If talking to a stranger, stay in a public place, if you feel uncomfortable, leave and go somewhere others will see you
Always keep the number of a reliable taxi firm with you. Avoid minicabs or private-hire cars that tout for business and are unlicensed
When the taxi arrives, check it’s the one you booked. If in doubt, don’t get in
Never accept a lift from a stranger
Be aware of what you are drinking – if someone offers to buy you a drink, go with them to the bar and watch the drink being poured, and keep an eye on your drink at all times
If you need help on a night out, or are worried about someone else, report concerns to venue staff, police or street pastors. In an emergency, always call 999