How to stay safe on a night out

Going out with friends to celebrate the weekend or a special occasion can be a fantastic way to catch up and enjoy yourself. However, there are many ways that your safety could be threatened when out on the town. By keeping the Safe Haven App on your phone, help is readily available at any time.

Here are some tips from the Threat Protect security team to help ensure you and your mates have an enjoyable and safe, night out.

Stick close together outside

When you're heading out with a group of friends, it is important that you all stick together and look out for one another. Isolating yourself can make you vulnerable to danger, especially late at night. Making sure you're with your group at all times can go a long way to helping you avoid situations where your safety can be threatened, such as someone aggressive picking a fight with you for no apparent reason.

Avoid leaving someone on his or her own, as it can lead to targeting by strangers.

Tell someone where you're going

Communication is key. Whether you tell a parent, friend, or housemate, make sure they know where you're going and when you'll be home. This also goes for the group you're enjoying your night with. If you leave the group to get some fresh air or to buy a drink, for example, be sure to let your friends know where you're going.

Have a lift home organised

By doing this, you'll avoid potentially dangerous situations such as waiting on street corners for a taxi or Uber, walking home alone, or catching public transport by yourself late at night. Waiting for these services to arrive can be dangerous. Many incidents have occurred across Australia where fights and serious injuries have resulted due to confrontation.

Having a lift home organised ensures peace of mind, is convenient and allows you to enjoy your night without having to worry about how you're getting home.

When you're in a taxi or Uber, you are particularly vulnerable, as the driver could take you anywhere. Always record the registration number of the taxi driver and send it to a friend when you get in, and, if possible, share a taxi with a friend who lives nearby.

Charge your phone

Ever get anxious during a night out when you see your battery is running low?

Having a flat phone battery means you are un-contactable. If something goes wrong, you'll be unable to call someone for help, or if you have it, use the Safe Haven App. Always have your phone fully charged so that you can contact your friends, family or activate the Safe Haven panic button in case of an emergency whenever you need to.

Have the Safe Haven App ready to use

By installing the Safe Haven App on your iPhone or Android device; you can enjoy your night out with the peace of mind that if anything does go wrong, professional help is just a button press away.