Excessive drinking and drug taking can increase your vulnerability and you could find yourself being in a potentially violent situation. It also increases the chance of you becoming violent towards others.
What you can do to stay safe
When out and about in the evening when more of us are drinking, we want you to make sure you stay safe. Follow this advice:
- Plan how you and friends are going to get home.
- Pre-book a taxi.
- Look out for your mates and stick together.
- Don't walk home alone - always walk in groups. Stick to the main roads and try to avoid shortcuts and unlit areas.
- Try to have someone in the group who stays sober to make sure everyone else is safe.
- Never drink and drive. Take turns with your mates on different nights out to be the designated driver; and remember the only safe amount of alcohol to drink when you are driving is none at all.
- Don’t leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from a stranger.
- Know your limit and stick to it.
- Avoid confrontations and walk away.
If you witness or are a victim of violent crime
If you witness or are a victim to a violent incident call the police. If the incident is taking place at that time, or the offender is still nearby then always call 999.
Tackling violent crime remains one of the most important challenges for Lancashire Constabulary. We recognise that violent crime is extremely traumatic for victims and witnesses, and undermines the feelings of safety within our communities.
We will treat any calls of violence as a priority and our officers will ensure that victims are supported and receive any medical treatment they may need.
Adam was on a night out with friends when he was punched by a drunken youth which killed him. Adam's family set up the 'Every Action Has Consequences' campaign to help to inform young people about the futility of violence in our streets.