Going to a festival?

Crime prevention advice for those that go to festivals.


TentsHundreds of thousands of us attend festivals each year and the majority of times return with the best of memories.

Inevitably with such large crowds crime does take place and the police and festival organisers do their very best to prevent this.

Festival-goers can do their bit to keep safe.

The most common crime is theft from – or even of – tents. Phones, laptops/tablets and cash are the most stolen items.

Don’t let the criminals disrupt your enjoyment by committing crime against you or your friends.

  • Lock and empty your vehicles. Leave the glove compartment open and empty.
  • Make use of property lock-ups if available.
  • Only bring what you can afford to lose: don’t take along expensive phones and laptops/tablets.
  • Don’t keep all your cash and valuables in the same place: spread them around in different pockets.
  • Take any valuables – including prescription medication – with you when you leave your tent.
  • To make life harder for thieves, leave your tent untidy so there’s not an obvious bag to grab quickly.
  • Don’t challenge people looking through tents – report them to festival staff or the police.
  • Make a note of your credit card number and leave the card at home.
  • Take the number to call if you do take your credit card and lose it, or you lose your note with the credit card number on.
  • Mark your property: clearly label your property and tent with your postcode.
  • Obvious indelible markings will significantly reduce the risk of things being stolen and will increase the chance of their return if found.
  • Tag your keys with a phone number.
  • There’s safety in groups: set up camp near friends and make friends with your neighbours. You present a far less vulnerable target as a group than you would on your own.
  • Look out for each other’s property and each other.
  • Avoid dark areas
  • Never leave your drink unattended. Even soft drinks can be spiked with drugs or alcohol.

On a more general note wet wipes and tissues are always useful to have at a festival even if it is only for one day!

 

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