Nightlife entertainment can be a very exciting and fun, but there’s always potential dangers, because like they say, “The Freaks Come Out At Night!”
The reason most criminals do their dirty work in the dark is because a lot of times they can commit crimes and remain undetected.
Crime has always existed and will remain a fact of life…
However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out and enjoy time with friends and family.
Statistically, in your lifetime you’ll probably never get robbed.
That’s not to say that it won’t happen to you, but the odds are in your favor.
So, if you plan to go out and burn the midnight oil, you mainly have to simply use commonsense, but sometimes we all can slip up and get a little too comfortable in our environments and not use good judgement.
We’d like to present the Ten Tips For Avoiding Danger when going for a night out on the town as a friendly reminder of how to handle yourself and maybe introduce a few ideas that you may not have thought of.
Let’s get into some safety tips that could prevent trouble or even save your life…
Tip 1: Avoid Drinking And Driving
With all of the public announcements to discourage drinking and driving, people are still not getting the message. Going for a night out on the town shouldn’t cause you or others to end up in a body bag. Your life and the life of others are simply too valuable to throw it away over some alcohol. We know that we’re being a little blunt, but it’s important for you to pre-plan by taking advantage of the thousands of Ridesharing and Special Hire Taxis that are available. No excuses please, because we want you to be able to go out and have some fun, but live the next day to talk about it.
Tip 2: Reduce Your Chances Of Being Robbed
While some robberies take place in broad daylight, the mass majority of them are committed at night…
Because robbers can hold you up and disappear in the night, undetected.
Here Are Four Ways To Reduce Your Chances Of Being Robbed:
- Walk In Well-lit Areas
- Stay In Groups (There’s Power In Numbers)
- Be aware Of Your Surroundings
- Keep Earphone Volume At A Level In Which You Can Hear Your Surroundings
Tip 3: Never Flash Money Around
Keep in mind that thieves are always on the lookout for people they can make their next victims. For them, it’s their job to scope out targets. The same way that you are focused when you are performing your job functions at work, a thief is doing the same. So, it’s best to stay low-key and keep your money hidden to avoid making yourself a target, otherwise you’ll be putting a big bullseye on your back.
Tip 4: Avoid Going To The ATM At Night
You never know who is lurking in the bushes or around the corner when you go to the ATM. Some people have gotten robbed in the daytime, so can you imagine how much you increase your chances by withdrawing money in the dark?
If you absolutely must withdraw cash at night, then take someone with you as an added safety precaution.
Tip 5: Don’t Leave Your Drinks Unattended
Over the years, we’ve heard countless stories about date rape drugs and how women have been taken advantage of. Remember, a criminal is always scoping out their next victim and if you leave your drink unattended, they will slip something in it. So, make it a rule of thumb to never drink a beverage that you’ve walked away from while out on the town.
Tip 6: Go To Nice Upscale Bars That Have Professional Security
Upscale bars tend to have a professionally trained security staff, just in case any trouble arises, such as a fight breaking out. This is important because professionally trained security know how to handle and diffuse hostile situations to reduce or eliminate the number of people that are victimized, which is a plus for you.
Tip 7: Limit Your Consumption Of Alcohol
It goes without saying that if you drink too much, how can you truly enjoy yourself? As a matter of fact, the next day you’ll probably not remember much, and you will feel like you’ve been hit by a truck from being hungover.
Besides feeling terrible the next day, being drunk can cause you to make bad decisions and behave in a manner that’s not consistent with your personality. You may even behave inappropriately and do things you may regret. At the end of the day, it’s just not worth going overboard with consuming to much alcohol.
Tip 8: Avoid Carrying Large Sums Of Money
The chances of you getting robbed are pretty slim, because most of us will never experience such a traumatic event. However, just in case you ever happen to be one of the statics, it's not a good idea to have a ton of money on you. It would be horrible enough to live in fear after being held up…
So, imagine Fear + the Loss of hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Talk about having a bad day!
We’ve stated many times in this article, that the crime bandits are always looking for their next victim. The reason that we’re repeating this is because we really want to engrain this point in your mind so that it instinctively becomes second nature. We don’t want you to become paranoid, just aware of your surroundings and how criminals think.
Tip 9: Do Not Resist A Robber
Like most of us, we know that you’ve probably worked hard for your processions, and the thought of someone taking it away because they feel like it is frustrating.
We understand, but no worldly objects are worth dying for, because they can eventually be replaced.
So, give a robber the items that they request, get to a safe location, and then call 911 immediately afterwards to report the incident.
Tip 10: Avoid One Night Stands
Human attraction is very powerful and can be the ultimate controller of your lust, and if not kept in check, can lead you down some very treacherous roads.
We are not here to preach or tell you what to do, because you’re an adult, but you know there could be some serious consequences to sleeping with someone you just met, such as:
- Contacting a sexually transmitted disease
- Person could have a spouse or significant other
- Significant other could be violent and retaliate
- Could ruin your own relationship or marriage
- Could ruin your reputation
The bottom-line is that one night stands are not worth it and in our opinion, just be avoided at all cost, unless you are willing to pay the price of several negative outcomes.
Bonus Tip: Refrain From Distracted Driving And Walking
Distracted driving is such a big problem, that several states have passed laws to reduce the number of accidents and deaths caused by them. There have been many people that have been hit and either injured or killed due to walking and texting.
If you really think about it, there’s nothing that important to put your life or the lives of others in danger. This goes for all of us. It’s very sad to see the families of individuals whom have lost their loved ones to distracted drivers. If it’s that important find a safe place to pullover to communicate.
There you have it, 10 Tips For Avoiding Danger when out on the town. We understand that this article wasn’t fun and exciting, but as much as we want you to go out and have fun, we also want you to do it in the safest manner possible.