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11 Tips to Have a Safe Night Out

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18 June 2023
By adopting a few key strategies and being aware of potential risks, you can ensure a memorable and safe night out.
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Hitting the clubs: a thrilling experience, allowing you to let loose and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere alongside friends, and meeting new people. However, it's important to prioritise personal safety when navigating the club scene. By adopting a few key strategies and being aware of potential risks, you can ensure a memorable and safe night out. Below are some essential tips to help you stay safe while out on the town.

  • Choose reputable venues. Opt for well-known clubs with positive reviews and a good reputation for safety.
  • Buddy system. Always go out with a group of friends and stay together throughout the night. Look out for one another and agree on a plan to leave the club together.
  • Plan transportation in advance. Arrange reliable transportation to and from the club beforehand, ensuring that you have a safe way to return home.
  • Watch your drink. Never leave your drink unattended, as it could be tampered with. If you do set it down, get a new one to be on the safe side.
  • Drink responsibly. Pace yourself and be aware of your alcohol consumption. Know your limits and avoid excessive drinking to stay in control of your surroundings.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Stay vigilant and alert to the people around you. Trust your instincts and if something feels off, remove yourself from the situation.
  • Report suspicious behaviour. Whether it’s someone pestering an individual or group, or following someone to the bathroom or their car, report it to staff immediately. You can either report it to the person(s) behind the bar or reach out to security personnel.
  • Keep personal belongings secure. Carry only essential items, such as your ID and some cash, in a secure bag or pocket. Avoid flashing expensive items that may attract unwanted attention.
  • Utilise the buddy system for bathroom breaks. Ask a friend to accompany you to the restroom as this ensures someone is nearby to help if needed.
  • Use designated transportation services. If you're heading home late at night, opt for reputable ride-sharing services or licensed taxis. Avoid accepting rides from strangers.
  • Learn self-defence techniques. Consider taking self-defence classes to empower yourself with basic skills that could potentially save you in a dangerous situation.

While club and bar hopping can be a fantastic way to unwind and have fun, putting your personal safety first is of utmost importance. By following these essential tips, you can mitigate risks and enjoy a worry-free night out. Remember, trust your instincts and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

  • South African Police Service (SAPS): 10111 in case of emergency or find the nearest police station in your area.
  • Stop Gender Violence Helpline: 0800 150 150 (24/7 helpline)
  • People Opposed to Women Abuse (POWA): 011 642 4345
  • South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG): 0800 567 567 (24-hour helpline)

Disclaimer: This article was written in part by Chat GPT.