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Safety when out and about

We want to make sure that you enjoy your time while you are a student in Chester. This may the first time you have been away from home which can leave you in unfamiliar surroundings so it’s important to make sure you are safe. 

Tips to help you stay safe on a night out:
  • Check you have what you need - your mobile phone, money, keys, etc.
  • Eat before you head out for the night
  • Pace yourself when out drinking and know your limits. Drinking a glass of water or a soft drink between alcoholic drinks will help you not to get drunk.
  • To prevent drink spiking never leave a drink unattended. Also, before you accept a drink from anyone make sure you see it either poured or opened.
  • Avoid confrontation - It’s better and safer to walk away.
  • Look after your friends and don't leave anybody behind
  • Plan ahead -Know where you are going, how you are getting there and who you are meeting.
  • Get home safe - Always plan your return journey, and inform friends of your whereabouts. Take a taxi or walk home with friends. Avoid unlit and quieter areas if walking.

Safety at the Student Union bar:
  • We provide free spikey’s, which is a plastic stopper that helps prevent your drink being spiked. You can ask any of our bar staff.
  • We have the ‘Ask Angela’ initiative. If you are at the student union bar and are receiving unwanted attention or feel vulnerable, go to the bar and ask for ‘Angela’.  This will alert the bar staff that you need help. The bar staff are trained to help you discreetly and will ensure the situation is resolved positively.
  • Our bar provide free tap water so you can keep hydrated and pace yourself when drinking.

Security
  • Porters are always available on the Chester and Warrington Campus. There are also contracted security staff at Riverside, Queen's Park, Kingsway and Thornton campus. They can be contacted by calling 01244 512200.
  • PCSOs include Chester campus in their rounds. There is a local Police team for the Garden Quarter, who can be contacted by calling 0845 458 6375 or emailing Chester.lpu@cheshire.pnn.police.uk.
  • You can call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response to the police. In an emergency always call 999.