THIS FESTIVE SEASON STAY SAFE & PARTY SAFE!
That’s the message from Inverness BID and the members of Inverness Pub Watch in the run up to and throughout this exciting Festive and Party Season as tens of thousands of Highland shoppers and visitors from across the Highlands & Islands, and the many other people who live and work in and around Inverness, all descend on the City Centre to join in the cultural and festive shopping experience, and avail themselves of the opportunities to enjoy themselves at the many fantastic restaurants, Licensed Pubs and Clubs and other places of entertainment.
As the Christmas party season approaches, and in wishing everyone attending Inverness Licensed Premises over this festive period a safe and enjoyable experience whether as part of an organised group or on a celebratory night out with friends, Don Lawson, Chair of the Inverness Pub Watch, wishes to highlight the KEEP SAFE – PARTY SAFE message issued by Police Scotland, at this time of year.
Whilst Keep Safe covers a range of topics Don Lawson stated “ The particular emphasis around PARTY SAFE, which is as relevant on any night out, has some key safety messages that if followed will ensure that people enjoy themselves but at the same time will not leave themselves vulnerable to opportunists, and that they will get home safe and secure. Ultimately we want people to enjoy the celebrations and the party experience, but more importantly we want them to stay safe at all times and at the end of the night to get home without mishap.”
The PARTY SAFE message is simple:
Plan your Christmas night out – charge your mobile phone, remember to take it with you, and think how you plan to get home.
Always book taxis from a reputable company or arrange for family or a friend to pick you up.
Stay safe on your journey home - never take isolated short cuts. Keep to busy areas and on public transport, sit where there are lots of other people.
If drinking alcohol, be sensible and pace yourself. A drunk person is a far easier target for a criminal.
Don’t accept drinks from strangers or people you have just met.
Do not leave drinks unattended.
Don’t use drugs or New Psychoactive Substances (Legal Highs). Why risk your life?
Stick with friends – don’t leave nights out on your own or with strangers. Take care of each other and make sure you all get home safely
The above information was also endorsed by John McDonald, Community Safety Manager, with Inverness BID, who said “We want people to enjoy themselves over the Festive period, but not only that, we want them to be free from harm, and to look after themselves and those that they are with. It is safer and more secure in a group.”