Festive revellers urged to stay safe
REVELLERS are being urged to make their personal safety a priority for a good night out over the festive period.
As the Christmas party season approaches with high streets are already getting busier with shoppers trying to beat the seasonal rush – which all adds up to a lot more footfall especially in busy town and city centres.
John McDonald, the co-ordinator of Best Bar None Inverness and Inverness Pubwatch, has urged everyone to take care of their own personal safety this Christmas by making sure they do not place themselves in any dangerous situation and are not a victim of crime.
He said: “We want to ensure that everyone can enjoy a good and safe night out.
“It is in all our interests – the general public, businesses and the emergency services – to keep the day and night-time economies vibrant and safe places to visit.
“Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much for a good night out to take a dangerous turn. It’s the responsibility of all venues to place the personal safety of visitors at the top of its priority list.
“Yes venues want everyone to have a great time and enjoy themselves, but safety must come first.”
He said it was vital individuals took steps to ensure they stayed safe and drank responsibly. He added: “Plan ahead and let your family and friends know where you are going and who you are going with.
“Plan how you are going to get home by pre-booking a licensed taxi or by making sure you know the times for your train or bus.
“Also make sure your phone is charged, never leave your drink unattended and take care of your bag and belongings.
“If you’re out with family or friends look after one another and make sure you all get home safely.”