Will you be out partying to usher in the new year? Here’s how to stay safe

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Girls night out. (Photo: Getty Images)
Girls night out. (Photo: Getty Images)

It’s the festive season – which means days are longer, nights are warmer and practically everyone is out and about. But we all know how dangerous living it up in the club can sometimes be, so we’ve compiled a list of ways to ensure your safety, especially as you usher in the new year.

1. Be vigilant

According to Business Tech, the crime rate in South Africa increased to a staggering 2, 01 million in 2019.

If you’re visiting a new province or city, Traveller24 suggests conducting thorough research on your destination.

2. Ensure that you are aware of high-alert hijacking spots

For a comprehensive list of hijack hotspots in the country, visit the National Hijack Prevention Academy’s website.

3. Have emergency numbers on speed dial

Click here for access to emergency numbers.

4. Avoid asking strangers for directions

Use Google Maps or Waze to navigate your way through a new town. Oftentimes strangers will take advantage of a lost and inebriated individual.

5. Share your rides with close friends

To avoid drinking and driving this festive season, as well as stay safe on the roads, request anUber instead. Always ensure that you’ve shared your trip with a close friend or family prior to departure.

6. Look after your drink when in public

There is always the risk of having your drink spiked when in a nightclub. Therefore it is important to always keep an eye on your beverage.

However, if you suddenly feel tired and drowsy, ensure you are taken to the nearest emergency room.

7. Be aware of your surroundings

If you get lost, always ensure that you can clearly describe your surroundings to the next person by pointing out landmarks.

Sources: LiveAbout,  Uber, BussinessTech, Traveller24, NHPA, Google Maps, Waze

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