Festival safety

Festivals are full of fun-loving people who want to have a good time. But they can also be targets for opportunist thieves.

If you need details about a specific event there is plenty of information online.

A few tips to ensure you have a memorable time for all the right reasons!

Tent security; Tents can be easily broken into as they generally have few security features. Please make an effort to take valuables with you when you leave your tent.  Some festivals offer a locker facility for keeping your valuables secure while you are enjoying the entertainment.

Don’t put a padlock on your tent as this will invite thieves, a determined thief will get into a tent no matter what.  Take your valuables with you.

If you must keep items outside your tent because they cannot be stored elsewhere, such as bikes and furniture, consider securing them to stable objects, such as a tree. This will make them harder to steal. If this is not practical, consider chaining them together to make them more difficult to steal.

Be vigilant; get to know the people camping nearby. This will enable you to quickly identify anyone unfamiliar hanging around your campsite.

A crowded festival is an ideal opportunity for pick pockets to get to work, while distracted you might make an easy target, be cautious of who is around you.  

Remember, alcohol or drugs can seriously affect your ability to make safe judgments.

Arrange an easy meeting point with your mates before you get to the event, three times a day (e.g. 2pm, 6pm and 1am) and that you will be there if you get split up. No one likes to be left to have fun on their own for long.

Don’t leave anything valuable in your car. Check it daily. Leave your glove compartment empty and open.

Keep your mobile phone safe at all times. Make sure it’s registered with your network operator. Keep a separate note of your phone’s unique IMEI number. You can get this by typing in *#06# on your phone.

You can also register your handset on the national property database Immobilise at www.immobilise.com (opens new window)