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Staying safe on a night out

By JordanBrowzer 11 Apr 2019

Going to uni is a very exciting time and a brand new experience for everyone.

Whilst it can be tempting to try and impress your new friends, getting too carried away can easily be done, so it's still important to keep level headed. 

There are a few simple ways you can make sure yourself and others stay safe when you're on a night out:

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  1. Charge your phone before a night out...
    Making sure your phone is fully charged before you head out is important. You don't want to lose your friends and be left in a city you are not familiar with.
  2. Double check taxis...
    Ensure that when you are getting into a taxi going home from a night out that is it a legit taxi and from a company that you recognise. Remember, you can always get home safe with the Hallam Safe Taxi Scheme.

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  3. Shout bye... 
    When you are leaving your accommodation for a night out and getting into a taxi, a good trick is to shout bye, even if there is no one in the house, you never want to come back to any nasty surprises.
  4. Stick together... 
    Your mum might have always said this, but you have safety in numbers so stay together. Don't leave people behind and if you are leaving somewhere make sure you have got everyone.

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  5. Watch your drinks... 
    Don't leave your drink unattended and definitely don't 'mine sweep' if you can't afford to buy drinks then it's probably not the best idea to go on a night out. 
  6. Know your boundaries... 
    If you're having a good time, know your limits, in terms of alcohol and if you meet someone. Remember that no means no and don't be pressured into doing anything.
  7. Trust your instincts... 
    If something doesn't feel right then it usually isn't, trust your gut. If you get yourself into a situation you don't want to be in then walk away.

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  8. Don't walk alone... 
    Walking home alone after a night out is never a good idea, ring a friend, get a taxi or public transport, don't become an easy target and plus it will save you from blisters.
  9. Ask for Angela campaign... 
    If you have met up with someone and you feel unsafe in the situation, ask the bar for 'Angela' and they will help you get out of the situation.

Enjoy yourself and have fun in Sheffield it's a new and exciting time, but just think twice before you go and do something you may regret!