Festival fervor has enthralled the UK’s music aficionados. Thousands make the annual pop pilgrimage to their favourite festivals every year.
The chance to see music legends and emerging artists, hang out with friends in the sunshine and be entertained, enthused and dance the night away is, for many, one of the highlights of the summer season.
Unfortunately, not everyone comes to a Festival with the same purpose in mind; party people in large crowds can be easy targets for organised and opportunist thieves, out to get their hands on cash and valuables.
Security expert, Richie Nanda, the Global Chairman of two of the world’s biggest security companies, Topsgrup (India) and The Shield Guarding Company (UK) gives his top 5 tips for staying safe at festivals
Richie Nanda, Global Chairman, The Shield Guarding Company Limited gives 5 top tips to be safe at festivals:
DON’T carry expensive mobile phones that are likely to attract attention from thieves. It is best to carry an inexpensive phone with a pay-as-you-go SIM to avoid thieves giving you a hefty bill.
DO carry pen and paper, so if you lose your friends and run out of battery or credit on your phone, you can leave them a note at your tent
DO pick a meeting point. In this way if anyone does get lost, or you separate to see different bands or events, you can easily find your friends at an appointed time.
DON’T accept anything from strangers however nice they might seem to you. As much as possible move around in groups rather than alone.
DO keep very little money on you whilst you’re at the festival, to avoid pick-pockets
DO keep a list of key contacts as I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) on your mobile phone, so that the emergency services will be able to contact your friends and family in case you’re in trouble.
Femalefirst Taryn Davies