Festival Safety

Festival Safety 2016Police Scotland's Festival Safety campaign launched on 8th June 2016.

Police Scotland host a number of music festivals annually, predominantly through the summer months on a recurring basis. These broadly fall into two categories:

  • One day events, such as Colours.
  • Larger events which take place over a number of days such as T in the Park, which include the additional challenge of policing an associated campsite area.

The aim of the campaign is to improve public safety at festivals by encouraging people to apply Police Scotland’s safety messages.

The marketing campaign will run all through the summer period up until the end of August. Messages will continue to be drip feed during the course of this time.

Key Messages

The key messages being communicated with the campaign are:

  • Know your limits with alcohol, your judgement can be impaired and make you a target.
  • Protect your valuables: guard against pickpockets; stay alert when using cash machines; only take items you will need; use a service to track and find your mobile phone in case you lose it.
  • Anti-social behaviour: do not bring or carry weapons; do not carry smoke canisters, flares or any other form of pyrotechnic; respect local communities and residents.
  • Personal safety: stay with friends and stay in busy areas.
  • Travel safety: plan in advance; leave enough time for your journey; remember the new lower drink driving limit if you are driving home in the morning.
  • At the festival: collect your ticket or wristband from official sources only, not ticket touts and ensure you have it with you at all times. Always follow the directions of police and stewards; know where your pick up and drop off points are; if you are camping know which zone your tent is in.
  • Remember how to contact the police: In an emergency dial 999; dial 101 for non-emergency matters; if you want to report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Communication Methods

The festival safety campaign will be a digital campaign led by social media and will make use of PS website, partners and PR opportunities.

The campaign will be exclusively launched and executed on social media.

Further Information

For further information on the campaign/information on how you can help promote the campaign, please contact marketingandcampaigns@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

Please note this mailbox is monitored Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm and should not be used to report a crime. Members of the public should call 101 to contact Police Scotland, in an emergency always call 999.