How will you get home?
Dated: 26 Oct 2012
We are asking revellers to make sure they have enough money left to get home at the end of a night out.
Officers in Newcastle have dealt with a number of incidents recently where people have taken a taxi ride but not had enough money to pay for their journey home.
Newcastle North Neighbourhood Sergeant Rob Charlton said: "We know it can be hard on a night out keeping track of your money and it is all too easy to end up with less money in your wallet or purse than you think should be there.
"We are asking people to check they have enough money before getting into a taxi and to check with the driver how much their journey is likely to cost.
"We also recommend that, if you do find yourself being short of cash at the end of a journey, you do not hand over any valuable items as surety, but rather ask to be taken to a cash point.
"When on a night out people should also follow simple personal safety advice. Make plans to get home safely, stick together with friends, keep belongings safe and stash some cash in case purses or wallets get lost.
"Newcastle is a safe place and we are committed to ensuring everyone can enjoy the city and its night-life."
We are currently running our forcewide "Keys, money, phone, plans to get home" campaign to encourage people not to let their night be ruined by too much alcohol.
The campaign encourages people planning a night out to follow simple safety advice:
Think: Keys, money, phone, plans to get home?
Look out for your friends and arrange a safe meeting place in case you get separated.
Store an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number in your phone.
Stash some cash in case you lose your purse or wallet.
Know your limits and always stay in control.
Plan how you're getting home. Pre-book a taxi or make sure you know where your licensed taxi rank is.