Northampton Conservatives aim to improve night time safety in Northampton with new Northampton Borough Council Campaign launched this week. The new personal safety campaign, focuses on personal responsibility and highlights steps everyone can take to make sure their night goes well.
The 'out tonight?' campaign offers simple advice including ensuring your phone is fully charged, planning your journey home in advance, and understanding how to identify a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle.
Councillor Anna King, cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Northampton nightlife has a lot to offer as there are plenty of restaurants and bars for people to enjoy, as well as fantastic theatres and cinemas. We want to make sure that everyone who comes into the town centre for the evening has a positive experience.
“It really is all common-sense but it’s been a while since a campaign of this kind ran in Northampton and it’s important to remind people of the easy steps they can take to help their night go to plan.”
Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, University of Northampton, Northampton Pubwatch, Northampton Street Pastors, and local private hire and taxi companies are all backing the campaign which encourages people to take responsibility for their wellbeing.
Northamptonshire Police Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold, said: “Staying safe on a night out doesn’t mean not having fun - it simply means taking small steps that could mean the difference between getting home safely and not.
“Whatever happens and wherever you go on a night out, we’d simply ask you to make sure your phone has been charged before you leave the house, you stick together with friends, and you know how you’re getting home at the end of the night.
“Doing these simple things will help to make sure everyone can have a great time while knowing they’re safe and secure."
The campaign is the most recent step in an ongoing drive to improve the town-centre experience during the evening and supports a lot of the partnership working that is already taking place in Northampton.