Written By Noah Michael Abbott
Everyone enjoys a night out with friends, especially after long days of lectures and coursework. Whether you’re taking shots, sipping wine, or guzzling pints (in any combination or order), going out is a recess from stress. Unfortunately, there are those who like to take advantage of fun loving young people, so it’s important to do what you can to be safe while enjoying the night.
Recently, there has been some such instances: On September 16th, Nakhara Jacques, 25, was nearly abducted near Swanpool, a terribly scary affair involving a blacked out BMW.
This is a serious issue for those out late at night. Sexual and violent offences contribute to the majority of crimes against students in Falmouth and Penryn. So, please be aware of the dangers and do what you can to keep you and your mates safe.
Devon and Cornwall police and some current and former students outline the keys to preventing these crimes. These tips include:
Staying in groups
This is the most effective way to stay safe. If you decide to go out at night, take a friend or two or three with you. Use a friend finder app, such as Apple’s Find My Friends, so you know where each other are throughout the night in case anything’s happened, or you unexpectedly find yourself alone.
Watch your drink
Having a nice time in a club can quickly turn disastrous. Setting your drink down can allow spiking to occur. One student, who asked to remain anonymous, said her and a friend were spiked; they ended up locking themselves in a room, struggling with the effects what had been put in their drinks. In these situations, people often end up hospitalised.
Unfortunately, spiking has been quite prevalent as of late. Never set your drink down. If you leave it somewhere, don’t pick it up again, and never accept drinks from strangers. And if you think your mate might do something stupid, like spike someone, encourage them otherwise and tell a staff member if you suspect anything.
Another student says, “Just don’t accept drinks from strangers, even if by the end of the night you think they’re your friends, you don’t know them, don’t risk it, it’s the stupidest mistake.”
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Take care of valuables
Keep your phone, purse, keys and other personal belongings secure with you at all times. Keeping your phone on your person is crucial to getting home safe. Make sure it’s charged before you leave for the night.
Know where you are and where you’re going
Keeping track of where you’re going and how you intend to get from place to place prevents getting lost and in need of asking someone for directions.
Stay alert, stay prepared
Knowing your surroundings and watching what’s going on around you is helpful to staying safe when walking home. Also, it’s best to stick to well lit areas.
It’s the beginning of a new school year, which means plenty of unfamiliarity for new students and even for recurring students as well. Keep an eye out and stay safe while enjoying uni, experiencing, growing and learning together.