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Festival Safety

Summer has finally arrived in Scotland and with the warm weather (we hope!), comes Scotland’s annual music festival experience. 

There’s a host of great festivals to choose from over the months of July, August and September and we want to ensure you have a great experience and stay safe whilst enjoying your favourite bands.

What are Police Scotland's top festival safety tips?

Theft, Fraud and Lost Property 

  • Protect your valuables - record details of your mobile phone, camera and tablet on the National Mobile Property Register, immobilise.com, before you set off 
  • Only take what you need and don’t leave valuables or anything with your identity on it unattended.
  • Don’t leave valuables on display in your car – leave the glove box empty and open 
  • Beware of pickpockets – don’t flash your valuables and only carry what cash you need
  • Stay alert at cash machines

Antisocial Behaviour 

  • Carrying weapons in any public place, including festivals is an offence, if found in possession of offensive weapons you will be arrested
  • Don’t bring smoke canisters, pellets, flares or other pyrotechnics 
  • Be responsible and party safe 
  • Respect local residents and other festival goers 
  • Don’t place yourself or anybody else in danger when you’re having fun

Consumption of Illicit Substances 

  • Don’t take drugs – there is no ‘safe’ way to take them
  • It is an offence to be in possession of an illegal substance, and will result in arrest and charges. 
  • You can never be sure what’s in any illicit drug or how it will affect you
  • Taking any drug is dangerous, the risk is heightened when you mix with alcohol or other substances
  • If you or another have taken a substance and feel unwell urgently seek medical assistance
  • Know your alcohol limits, alcohol will make you more vulnerable to theft, assault and sexual assaults. Drink plenty water and stay with friends, never leave a drink unattended and don’t mix alcohol with illegal substances

Personal Safety 

  • Stay with friends, let them know where you are at all times, arrange meeting points and keep your phones fully charged 
  • Make sure you and your friends have return journey’s planned 
  • Stay alert – people under the influence are easy targets for criminals 
  • Don’t engage in any sexual activity with anyone who does not / or is unable to give their consent due to being under the influence of drink or drugs. In Scots Law this is rape. 
  • Stick to busy areas of the arena and campsite – don’t be drawn to secluded spots 
  • Don’t let people into your tent you don’t know

Travel Safety 

  • Plan your travel arrangements in advance of the event 
  • Traffic will be heavy – leave enough time to get there. 
  • Make sure you’ve have all your belongings before you leave 
  • Don’t get into a car and travel home with people you’ve just met and don’t know 
  • If you’re driving home, make sure you’re not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, stick to water the night before and remember the reduced drink drive limit.

Police Reporting 

  • In an emergency dial 999. For non-emergencies dial 101.
  • Do you have information about crime or criminals? Contact Crimestoppers and report it anonymously on 0800 555 111 
  • Are you a young person with information about crime? Report it to Crimestoppers anonymously and in confidence at Fearless.org 
  • Find out more about substance misuse and where to get help at Know The Score
  • Are you between 11 and 18? Get the facts about substance misuse at Choices For Life

Logistics

  • Make sure you have your genuine ticket / wristbands before you arrive. Only purchase from genuine vendors and avoid touts 
  • Follow directions of police, event security and stewards. Contact them if you need help. 
  • Bring a map of the site and keep it on you while you’re there 
  • Know where your pick up and drop off points are 
  • Make sure you know the zone your tent is in Safety within Crowded Places 
  • Be alert, not alarmed 
  • Be vigilant and report suspicious people or behaviour