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Winter personal safety

Have fun and stay safe this festive period

The run up to Christmas can be a lot of fun but as the evenings get darker, it’s important to know how to keep yourself safe when out and about.

We’re working hard to make Islington a safe borough and doing all we can to make residents and visitors feel happier about their visit here. We work closely with our partners all year round on programmes like the Women’s Night Safety Charter, #AskforAngela, Safe Havens and the Late Night Levy which funds a weekend night patrol service so that you can feel and be safe.

Here are our top tips to #HaveFunStaySafe:

  • If you ever feel unwell or worried for your safety when out and about in Islington, there are a number of Safe Havens in the borough that can help. Just look out for the logo in the window or find your closest here.
  • Plan your journey home and if using a taxi, make sure that it’s a black cab or licensed vehicle. For more info on travelling safely visit the Met Police website
  • If you’re feeling uncomfortable out on a date or in a pub or club, #AskforAngela at the bar to alert staff. They will help you get out of the situation without too much fuss.
  • Christmas is a happy time for most, but the emotional strain of the season can contribute to a rise in domestic abuse. If you need help over the festive period contact Solace Women’s Aid. In an emergency, always call 999.
  • Collect one of our free drug test wristbands from the Nightsafe Patrol team to check exactly how safe your drink is. The team will be visiting stations and key night time locations on weekends between now and Christmas.

Pubs, bars, restaurants, music venues and iconic nightclubs have signed up to Islington’s Women’s Night Safety Charter. We work with partners to train staff how to deal with harassment, report issues and promote women’s safety. These venues vow to watch out for and help female patrons while on a night out. A list of partner venues can be found here.

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