We all look forward to our Friday evening plans to celebrate the end of the working week and the start of the weekend, whether it is going out for a dinner date or heading to the cinema with your friends. Once the fun is over and your friends part ways, all that is left is what seems the simple task of getting home. However, during dark evenings especially over the weekend, it is important to remember your personal security in order to get home safe.
Whenever you go out in the evening it is important to have a plan; what you are going to do, who you will be with and how you are getting home. That plan should then be relayed to a trusted friend or family member who can be aware of your whereabouts in case of an emergency and you should inform them when you have safely returned home.
In your plans you should include how you are getting home with as much detail as possible. For example, if you are walking home you should tell someone what time you will be leaving, when you should arrive home, and the route you will be taking which should be busy, well lit and following main roads.
The best way to return home is in your own vehicle. If you are driving to and from an evening event you should make sure your car is parked in a well-lit, busy area that is preferably covered by CCTV. When you are travelling make sure the doors are locked, and when getting in or out of your vehicle you should not linger and be aware of what is going on around you.
For people who don’t have access to their own car, or are planning on enjoying their evening with a glass of wine or cold beer it is best to use public transport. Similar to when walking home, if you are using a bus you should make someone aware of what number bus, what time it is leaving and what stop you will be getting off at.
If you are getting a taxi, you should let someone know what firm you are using, what the number plate is and what time you are getting picked up. You should ensure you are using a licensed taxi and ask to see their ID which all taxi drivers are required to carry and must show you if asked.
Before you leave home for the evening, make sure a light is turned on so you can see your way safely to your front door and deter anyone from hiding under the cover of darkness. It is also preferable to leave on a radio or TV so it appears you are going back to an occupied property rather than being home alone.
No matter the fun and excitement that may overtake your evenings, never forget the importance of your personal security. Remember as soon as you are home double check every door and window is locked, and let people know you are home safe.
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